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Hampstead fisherman found dead offshore

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

A Hampstead man on a solo fishing trip Monday was found dead by the Coast Guard at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the water about 12 miles east of New Topsail Inlet. Kelly Wayne Cooper, 53, of Hampstead, left Surf City in his cabin cruiser to fish for grouper at 8 a.m. Monday. He was reported missing 12 hours later by his wife, Maureen.

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