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Olivehurst man jailed in brother’s death after dismembered remains found

Timothy Coop
Timothy Coop Booking photo, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department

An Olivehurst man is in jail accused of murder after Yuba County sheriff’s investigators discovered what they believe to be the dismembered remains of his brother.

Timothy Coop, 57, is suspected of killing his brother, Thomas Cope, whose age was not given, according to a Yuba County Sheriff’s Department news release. (The brothers have different but similar last names, officials said.)

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 24 in a possible missing person investigation. Cope, a Butte County resident, had been reported as possibly missing by his sister, who lives out of state, sheriff’s officials said. The sister had not heard from Cope for a few days, which she indicated was unusual.

Yuba County sheriff’s deputies contacted Cope’s mother and brother, who live in the 4000 block of Mary Avenue in Olivehurst. Inconsistencies provided by Cope’s brother, Coop, regarding Cope’s whereabouts, led investigators to believe Cope might have been the victim of foul play.

On Friday, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant for the Mary Avenue residence and also began planning for a search of the surrounding area. As the day progressed, investigators found on the property the dismembered body they suspect is that of Cope.

Positive identification and the cause of death is pending completion of an autopsy.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy