Death – 2 bodies found in North Carolina; man charged with murder, 4 counts of concealing death

Death – Obituary

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A Rutherfordton man is facing multiple charges, including murder, after two bodies were found in Rutherford County, the sheriff’s office said on Tuesday.

Deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Matthew Thomas Cooley, of Rutherfordton, on Tuesday, December 28. Cooley was charged with murder and four counts of concealing and failing to report a death.

The arrest came after the bodies of Jason VanDyke and Tracy McKinney were found in Rutherford County on Monday, December 27.

Arrest warrants state that deputies had probable cause to believe that Cooley was responsible for the murder of VanDyke and the dismemberment and destruction of his remains. They believe the murder happened between December 25 and December 27.

Cooley has not been charged with murder in relation to the death of McKinney, but arrest warrants stated they have probable cause to believe he is responsible for the dismemberment or destruction of the body. The sheriff’s office believes McKinney died between December 15 and December 27.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.