Cumberland County woman says human remains belong to her fiancé

Cumberland County woman says human remains belong to her fiancé

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Mike Fisher and Leslie Cooper (source: Leslie Cooper) Mike Fisher and Leslie Cooper (source: Leslie Cooper)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

LAKE TANSI (WATE) – Investigators aren't saying much about the human remains found in remote woods in Cumberland County, but a woman says they belong to her fiancé.

Raccoon hunters made the discovery in the woods early in the morning on Sunday near Arrow Drive.

Investigators will not release any information about the identity of the body until an autopsy is complete. They would only say they believe the man is in his late 20s or early 30s.

Leslie Cooper believes the body belongs to her fiancé, Mike Fisher. They shared a home about a mile away from the area where the body was found.

Cooper says she met Fisher when they were just ten years old. Their relationship started out as a childhood romance in Roane County.

"He was the love of my life," said Cooper. The couple got engaged over New Years Eve.

She says they had a misunderstanding in May, and she's never seen him since. Even with their problems, Leslie says it was out of character for Mike to disappear without a trace.

"I've called every friend he has. I haven't seen him. He's not been heard from since May 14," said Cooper.

"We're guessing the body has been here since the early part of May," said Chief Investigator Casey Cox.

Until the autopsy is done, investigators cannot release any information on who they think this might be.

"It's definitely his," said Cooper.

That still leaves the question of what happened to the person found in the woods. The section of the woods where the body was found is just about a mile away from the home the couple shared. It's an area Leslie and her friends searched many times.

"Maybe that's the closure I need, I'd definitely like to know what happened to him," said Cooper.

Leslie says her misunderstanding with Mike is probably one she'll always regret.

Detectives say they believe the body belongs to someone who had a criminal history.

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