Coroner's composite
Composite by Drew Penner shows the breakdown of Santa Clara County deaths over a recent three-year period.

The death of 46-year-old Jennifer Cobb—who was found with her 50-year-old husband in a Los Gatos home, Feb. 15—has been classified as a “homicide” by the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Her partner, Cornelius Bangma, died by suicide, the coroner determined.

Both died just before 9am that day, according to the coroner.

When asked about the initial autopsy results, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department declined to go into any more detail about their investigation, although Det. Sgt. Bill Hoyt said there is no risk to the public at this time.

“This is a highly sensitive case and we are respecting the wishes of the families by not delving into this matter any further than with what we had released previously,” said spokesperson Katherine Mann.

In February, the LGMSPD told the media the bodies were found during a wellness check.

Los Gatos resident Carol Tinsley said Bangma and Cobb were members of the high-end gym she goes to, The Club at Los Gatos, and says she wishes the police would tell the public more about the homicide.

“Why wouldn’t the community be advised about this?” she said, adding she wonders if authorities are trying to “bury” negative information. “I don’t like the fact that they would choose not to make a statement about something like that.”

Bangma, who went by “Cor,” took frequent trips with Cobb to places like San Diego, Big Sur, Newport Beach and Hawaii.

He appeared enamored with Cobb, even calling her “the most beautiful girl in the world” in a Facebook post in celebration of his 50th birthday—a harborside image featuring big smiles, seafood and wine.

Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner and Neuropathologist Michelle A. Jorden said the full report for each death is expected by the end of April.

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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