“While trying to find him, he was hiding in his attic in his house in the same road,” McKinney said. “We found a bag of women’s clothes with him, several of those from Cooper’s home. … Because of its location, it became a concern for us. They live on the same street and they are close in age. The suspect is 27. So yes, they had some familiarity just living in the same neighborhood.”
Authorities have made an arrest in the case of a missing woman found dead in an attic in Northeast Flroida.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office said evidence in a separate burglary case linked 27-year-old Joe Arthur Turner to the killing of Jordan Cooper.
Deputies arrested Turner on Dec. 29 on a burglary charge.
According to the sheriff's office, evidence from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement linked Turner to Cooper's killing. Deputies arrested Turner Friday morning after getting a warrant.
On Nov. 1, deputies began investigating a burglary at Cooper's home. Records of area shops where the stolen tools were pawned led them to serve an arrest warrant on Joe Arthur Turner's home, down the street from where Cooper lived, on Dec. 29. Turner was found hiding in the attic of his home.
Also in the attic of Turner's home, deputies found a bag of women's clothing, some of which matched clothing missing from Cooper's home. At that point, detectives returned to search Cooper's attic. Her body was found that evening, hidden under layers of insulation.
Court documents show Cooper died of asphyxiation. Detectives said she was killed sometime between 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and 8 p.m. Nov. 26. She was reported missing on Nov. 28.
The State is seeking the death penalty against the alleged killer of Jordan Cooper.
Cooper was 25 when she went missing in Keystone Heights, Florida last November. She was later found dead in her attic in early December.