After Remains Found, Suzen Cooper’s Sister Says It’s ‘Just the Beginning for Us’


MALVERN, Ark. – Investigators confirmed Monday the remains found last week are those of missing woman Suzen Cooper.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” says Cooper’s sister Teena Latture.
Latture and her sister, Misty King, were on their lunch break when they received a phone call with the news that officially ended the search for Cooper.
“I knew that it was going to be her but just hearing it,” says Latture.
Cooper’s remains were found last week on private property west of Malvern.
“In the beginning we always held out hope that she was alive. We tried too but in our gut we knew that she wasn’t,” says Latture.
Latture and King say they wanted to find Cooper alive but knew it would be less likely as time went on.
“I feel a little bit of ease but no where near closure because it’s really just beginning for us,” says King.
Court records show Cooper was working as a drug informant.
An affidavit puts Suzen’s former sister-in-law, Racheal Cooper, with her the night she disappeared.
“We weren’t going to stop looking for her,” says Latture.
Racheal took a plea deal and is serving time for hindering prosecution.
Court records show someone paid Racheal $1,000 to bring Suzen to a home and when Suzen tried leaving someone shot her.
“She was stolen from everybody that loved her,” says Latture.
Donald Smith is facing Capital Murder charges, but according to Suzen’s family, has not officially been charged.
“That is not a human being. That’s a monster,” says Latture.
Latture says she will be pushing for the death penatly in the case.
Suzen’s funeral will be on Saturday, the time and place have not been announced.

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