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« on: January 10, 2010, 10:24:08 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/Sunday-marks-8th-anniversary-of-missing-Central-Texas-teen-81099717.html

 Sunday marks 8th anniversary of missing Central Texas teen


by STEVE ALBERTS /KVUE News

Posted on January 10, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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Sunday marked the 8th anniversary of the disappearance of Rachel Cooke. It has become a well known missing persons case here in central Texas. Rachel Cooke disappeared without a trace. The 19-year-old was last seen jogging near her rural Williamson County home the morning of January 10th, 2002.

Sunday afternoon Robert Cooke, Rachel's father, spent the day in his Georgetown home thinking about his daughter. About three years ago, Michael Moore, a man serving time in state prison for another murder, confessed to the crime. He later backed out of a plea deal in court. That sent the case back to square one.

“We realized that he was probably just making it all up,” said Robert Cooke. “He was probably trying to get some benefits to moving to a lower security jail where he could visit his wife and have better food.

It's difficult because he was using our daughter as a vehicle for his own gains, but that's what predators do.”

A special task force continues to investigate the case. There is a $50,000 reward.

If you have any information on Rachel Cooke call Crimestoppers at 472-TIPS.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 10:28:44 PM »

http://www.rachelcookesearch.org/

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 10:45:03 PM »


I'm bringing this April 24, 2009 post by Carolyn in her son Clinton Nelson's missing person thread because it includes mention of Rachel Cooke.  MuffyBee  Ref. Link:  http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=1318.msg783324#msg783324
 
Dear Families of the Missing and Supporters
It's that time of the year again when we will begin to put together our line up and plan our route for the ON THE ROAD TO REMEMBER TOUR and invite all of you to participate in this national awareness campaign for the missing and cases fallen cold. Below you will find much needed information about the tour and history, please contact us anytime to discuss further details or becoming involved, thank you.
 
List for featured case for 2009 tour (this will be updated weekly)
 
Missing Person
April Pitzer
Bradley Olsen
Branson Perry
Catherine Lique
Clinton Nelson
Gregory Alonzo Vice Jr.
Jeremy Alex
Leah Roberts
Pam Biggers
Patricia Viola
Rachel Cooke
Richard Bird
Shirley Mac Hunt
Travis Baker
 
Unsolved Homicide
Chris Bartholomew
 
In Loving Memory
Michael Pierce
 
 
If you are a family of a missing person, law enforcement agency, organization/group or volunteer and you would like to host a rally stop featuring missing person - unidentified person - unsolved homicides, please contact our center.
 
Promotional items will be distributed through the tour and at each rally stop
Tee Shirts and Bumper Stickers - Tour Graphic
DVD featuring all cases included in the tour
Complete Press Packets - Tour Information
Special Tour Booklet and other materials
 
 
WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY MISSING PERSON
Photo
All vital stats on missing person
All agency and law enforcement contact numbers and web sites concerning missing person
Written consent for your missing person to be featured for CUE Center for Missing Persons
Video or other content to be included in the DVD distributed during the tour
 
WHO CAN HOST A STOP?
Family of a Missing Person
Law Enforcement Agency
Organization/Group
Volunteer/Concerned Citizen
 
WHAT ARE SOME IDEAS FOR A RALLY STOP?
Candle Light Vigils
Balloon Release
Display Board, Banners, Signs, Marques
Guest Speakers; law enforcement, town/state dignitaries, community leaders, pastor, etc.
Tribute Performances
Tables set up for displays of missing persons photos and information
Public event or safety activities
Invite the public, family, friends and media (our team will aid in media coverage)
 
WHAT TYPE OF LOCATIONS HAVE BEEN USED FOR RALLY STOPS?
Police - Sheriff  Departments
Government Agencies, i.e. Mayor, Town Hall
Parking lots of stores that have frontage or businesses alike
Home of the families of the missing
Parks of any kind or large grassy areas
Local churches, Schools, Community Buildings
 
      National Tour Purpose and Inspiration
The annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across our nation. The inspiration came in 2004 from the case of North Carolina college student Leah Roberts, who had gone on a cross-country trip of self-exploration. Her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was found, but Leah is still missing. Leah's case went cold and interest faded until CUE volunteers set out on a grueling 14-day trip to retrace her route and inform the media of all those who were missing in the path of the tour. In the years to follow, it only seemed right to keep hope alive after families across the country voiced the need for more help and supported the tour idea.
 
National Tour Objective
The national road tour, called “On the Road to Remember,” is an awareness campaign that focuses on missing persons cases that have gone cold or have not received appropriate media coverage on the local level – much less the national level.. The tour, which travels through many states annually, provides that attention.

In all cases of missing people, it is vital to inform the public of the missing person’s circumstances quickly and to disseminate that information to the media and the public. In most cases where details are released immediately to the public through an organized campaign, the public brings forth information that aids in the investigation and or the location of the victim. The media plays a significant role in getting the word out on the behalf of the missing person and should be recognized as a vital resource to any investigation.

Interest in many of the cases we have featured in previous tours has been renewed. The media has learned about local cases they were unaware of; case investigations have been renewed, and searches conducted. Information has resulted in new leads in some cases, and has even helped identify an unknown decedent and in 2008 solved a cold case of twenty eight years. And finally, each tour some of the missing featured have been found from various efforts, which is the main reason we conduct the tour despite the toll it takes on our all-volunteer staff.

It is the belief of the CUE Center for Missing Persons that all investigations, the public, volunteers and the media should work in collaboration on cases involving missing children and adults; until this happens,  their will continue to be cases of the missing labeled “cold” or “inactive.”

2009 Tour Honoree (Grand Rally Stop set for August 22, 2009) TBA
In keeping the tradition of the tour – an honoree is selected each year, one who needs fair coverage of their disappearance. This year’s honoree is Rachel Cooke. January 10, 2002
Rachel, an accomplished cross-country runner, left her home in the Northlake development on FM 3405 northwest of Georgetown, Texas (north of Austin) on the morning of Thursday, January 10, 2002, to go on her usual 3-4 mile morning jog around the neighborhood. Sometime around 11 AM, near the end of her run and possibly within 200 yards of home, she disappeared.


 
 







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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2011, 07:26:05 PM »

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/williamson/rachel-cooke-mystery-now-10-years-old
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Rachel Cooke mystery now 10 years old
Few clues surfaced in Georgetown disappearance

July 14, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) - In the nearly 10 years since a Georgetown teenager vanished after going on a routine jog around the neighborhood, clues to her whereabouts are few and any hope that the mystery of her disappearance will be solved grows dimmer.
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Reward offers bring no answers

The Cookes would soon offer a $10,000 reward for information that might bring Rachel home. It would grow to $15,000, and then to $50,000. Searches by foot, horseback and helicopter turned up nothing .

One of the nation's leading missing-persons organizations, Equusearch , was brought in to assist state and local law-enforcement agencies.

Again nothing.

Now, Equusearch founder Tim Miller is laying the blame at the feet of then-Williamson County Sheriff John Maspero, who he said botched the most notorious missing person's case out of Williamson county.

"I think Maspero from the very beginning dropped the ball," Miller said, suggesting that the sheriff was too quick to dismiss Rachel as a runaway or a college girl who was looking to party.

"I think some mistakes were made early on with law enforcement without taking a missing person's report as early as they did" Miller said. "The sheriff made a huge, huge mistake.

"When the real search started, it was almost a cold case. Unfortunately it was almost a cold case."

Maspero, who is no longer in office and has left Williamson County, said in a telephone interview that Miller's assertions are unfounded.

“I brought in the finest people I could think of -- the Rangers, FBI, APD," Maspero said. "We went beyond the scope of what was called for, and I'm disappointed Rachel’s case is still unsolved.”
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The closest anyone has come to solving the case was when a man convicted of murdering another Williamson County woman confessed to killing Rachel. He later recanted, saying he made up the story to curry favor with authorities.

Never-reported details

Through the years, investigators have questioned hundreds of people including Robert Cooke.

KXAN News recently learned that Robert Cooke was interrogated by investigators for five to six hours and failed a polygraph test.

He said an investigator asked the question: “Do you know where Rachel is?”

Cooke answered no, and failed the polygraph.

He blamed his religious beliefs, saying he believed Rachel was in heaven.

Cooke said he was frustrated with law enforcement from the beginning, claiming some investigators thought Rachel wasn’t really missing but perhaps just a college student partying on her Christmas break.

As the years pass, solving the case appears more difficult than ever. There's a new sheriff on the job and investigators continue to follow up on tips. But there are no suspects, no hard leads, and the case remains as cold as the winter day Rachel disappeared.

"Do I think they'll ever solve it? I don't know. Older ones have been solved," said Miller, whose organization was called in on such high-profile searches like missing Alabama student Natalie Holloway and, most recently, Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.

"Do I think her body will ever be found? It's going to be a tough one, it's going to be a tough one."
 ::snipping2::
The case remains open. Anyone with information should call 512-943-1300.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 04:48:14 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/cooke-family-thanks-community-in-decade-long-search-2104382.html
Cooke family thanks community in decade-long search for missing daughter
By Jazmine Ulloa
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
January 16, 2012

For Detective Larry Hawkins, quitting has not been an option in the case of Rachel Cooke, who was 19 when she went for a jog near her parents' home northwest of Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2002, and never returned.

He has an 8-foot-tall file cabinet filled with notes, reports and transcripts of more than 200 interviews with people connected to the case. He has followed hundreds of leads, coordinated countless searches and worked with multiple law enforcement agencies to piece together what could have happened to the young woman.

At a ceremony Sunday, Hawkins summed up 10 years of his search in a few minutes for more than 180 people gathered at the Georgetown Community Center. The event was organized by the Cooke family and the Williamson County sheriff's office's victims assistance unit to thank the thousands of friends, community members and law enforcement officials, like Hawkins, who have devoted considerable time and resources to help look for Cooke.

"We believe that, one day, we can find her," Hawkins said. "If we didn't, we wouldn't be doing this."

Law enforcement officials recapped their efforts and offered their support to the Cooke family, and friends shared memories they had with Cooke, an energetic teenager with a penchant for shopping who had hoped to design her own fashion line someday.
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Cooke's disappearance hit close to home, Darryl Phillips told the audience. A longtime volunteer with Texas EquuSearch, a search-and-rescue organization, he had searched for his own sister, Angela, for 23 years after she went missing from their home in south Houston on Sept. 18, 1986 . Her body had been found in a weeded lot not far from the home, but she had been buried nameless at the Harris County Cemetery until she was finally identified in March 2010.

He urged the family not to give up their efforts.

 ::snipping2::
In 2006, Michael Moore, a convicted murderer, told authorities that he killed Cooke, and he was charged in her death. But he later recanted and backed out of a plea deal. The charge was dismissed. Hawkins said Moore remains a person of interest.

In the weeks after he took over as lead investigator, Hawkins said he lost a lot of sleep. Today, he still revisits the old leads whenever he gets a chance.

"I am confident we will solve this case," he said.


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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2012, 10:56:35 PM »

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/rachel-louise-cooke/view
RACHEL LOUISE COOKE
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 07:54:25 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/home/Search-continues-for-Rachel-Cooke-on-12th-anniversary-of-disappearance-239622891.html
Woman remembered 12 years after disappearance
January 10, 2014

 
Nineteen-year-old Rachel Cooke disappeared on Jan. 10, 2002. She went out for a jog near her parent's home but never returned.
Her mother has never stopped searching. KVUE spoke with Janet Cooke on the anniversary of her daughter's disappearance.
Hear from her on KVUE News at 5 and 6.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014, 08:01:01 PM »

http://www.kxan.com/news/williamson/new-detectives-assigned-to-decade-old-rachel-cooke-case
New detectives assigned to decade-old Rachel Cooke case
Rachel Cooke disappeared while out on a jog

January 10, 2014

 
Williamson County Sheriff's Deputies also said Friday that new detectives will be assigned to the case to bring new light and fresh eyes.

Reward offers bring no answers

The Cookes would offer a $10,000 reward for information that might bring Rachel home. It would grow to $15,000, and then to $50,000. Searches by foot, horseback and helicopter turned up nothing .

One of the nation's leading missing-persons organizations, Equusearch , was brought in to assist state and local law-enforcement agencies.

Again nothing.

Equusearch founder Tim Miller blamed then-Williamson County Sheriff John Maspero, who he said botched the most notorious missing person's case out of Williamson County.

"I think Maspero from the very beginning dropped the ball," Miller said in a 2011 interview, suggesting that the sheriff was too quick to dismiss Rachel as a runaway or a college girl who was looking to party.

"I think some mistakes were made early on with law enforcement without taking a missing person's report as early as they did," Miller said. "The sheriff made a huge, huge mistake.

"When the real search started, it was almost a cold case. Unfortunately it was almost a cold case."

Maspero, who is no longer in office and has left Williamson County, said in a telephone interview that Miller's assertions are unfounded.

"I brought in the finest people I could think of -- the Rangers, FBI, APD," Maspero said. "We went beyond the scope of what was called for, and I'm disappointed Rachel's case is still unsolved."

The closest anyone has come to solving the case was when a man convicted of murdering another Williamson County woman confessed to killing Rachel. He later recanted, saying he made up the story to curry favor with authorities.

Never-reported details

Through the years, investigators have questioned hundreds of people including Robert Cooke.

KXAN News recently learned that Robert Cooke was interrogated by investigators for five to six hours and failed a polygraph test.

He said an investigator asked the question: "Do you know where Rachel is?"

Cooke answered no, and failed the polygraph.

He blamed his religious beliefs, saying he believed Rachel was in heaven.

Cooke said he was frustrated with law enforcement from the beginning, claiming some investigators thought Rachel wasn't really missing but perhaps just a college student partying on her Christmas break.

As the years pass, solving the case appears more difficult than ever. There's a new sheriff on the job and investigators continue to follow up on tips. But there are no suspects, no hard leads, and the case remains as cold as the winter day Rachel disappeared.

"Do I think they'll ever solve it? I don't know. Older ones have been solved," said Miller, whose organization was called in on such high-profile searches like missing Alabama student Natalie Holloway and, most recently, Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.

"Do I think her body will ever be found? It's going to be a tough one, it's going to be a tough one."

 

The case remains open. Anyone with information should call 512-943-1300.

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2014, 08:06:35 PM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24419360/wilco-sheriffs-office-to-take-a-fresh-look-at-rachel-cooke-disappearance
Rachel Cooke disappearance gets fresh look, 12 years later
January 10, 2014

 
Rachel had gone for a morning run in the Northlake subdivision northwest of Georgetown. She was last seen between 11 and 11:30 a.m. along Neches Trail 200 yards from her parents' home.

Investigators followed up on countless leads through the years. One involved a confession from a convicted murderer which proved to be false.

Williamson County deputies say this case has never been considered cold and has never been put on the back burner. Further proving that point, on Friday, the 12th anniversary of Rachel's disappearance, the sheriff's office announced two new investigators are now on the case. The hopes are that a fresh set of eyes might discover a detail someone else may have missed.

"We spent the past three months going through recordings, reading case files, reading witness statements, canvass reports everything else, we are moving forward from that point pursuing leads that are viable," said Detective James Knutson.

Detective James Knutson says it is their full-time assignment. He says they are developing new leads daily and still receive tips.

Janet is just waiting for the right tip. She knows it's out there.

"It needs to end. To that person who has that information. I just can't imagine that it's not bothering you as much as it's bothering us. Let put a close to it," Cooke said.

There is a $50 thousand dollar reward for any tips leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information about Rachel's disappearance call the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at 512-943-1300 or Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867.
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2014, 09:27:45 AM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Investigators-and-he-mother-of-long-missing-girl-asks-the-public-for-help-239689461.html
Mother of missing girl asks public for help
January 10, 2014

 
Twelve years ago Friday, a Georgetown woman vanished and became the focus of one of the area’s most mysterious missing persons cases. Now, Rachel Cooke's mother and investigators are asking for the public's help to bring her home.
 
Rachel Cooke was home for Christmas break when she decided to go for a run. A neighbor reported seeing her just 200 yards from her home. She was never seen again.

For weeks, Texas Equusearch and hundreds from the community looked for any sign of Rachel. They found nothing.

The weeks became months, then years.

Now, two new Williamson County detectives, James Knutson and Jason Waldon, are assigned to Rachel's case.

“We are taking the approach of starting at step one, as if we were on the ground the day that this occurred, and going from there,” said Knutson. “We've spent the past three months going through recordings [and] reading case files, witness statements, canvas reports and anything else.”

They said they're developing new leads everyday.

“Somebody out there somewhere knows exactly what happened, and we need that one phone call,” said Williamson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Fred Thomas.
 

There is still a $50,000 reward for reliable information leading to the return or location of Rachel Cooke or to the identity of any person involved in her disappearance.

If you have any information, please call Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867, or visit wilcocrimetips.org.

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http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2014/11/05/georgetown-father-of-missing-teen-rachel-cooke-passes-away/18546823/
Georgetown father of missing teen Rachel Cooke passes away
November 5, 2014

GEORGETOWN -- Rachel Cooke's father died Wednesday after battling a long-term illness.

Rachel Cooke, 19, went missing on Jan. 10, 2002 near her Georgetown home. She went out for a jog near her parent's home but never returned.
Robert Cooke became very active in missing persons' causes. He held women's self-defense classes all over Central Texas, and Cooke helped search for many missing people.

"On the day Rachel disappeared, Robert [Cooke] made a promise to her that he would never stop looking for her, and he kept that promise," according to his obituary.

According to his obituary, Robert is survived by his daughter JoAnn, missing daughter Rachel, his parents Glenn and Louise Cooke, sisters Elaine Hettenhausen and Diane Cooke, his brother David Cooke, his ex-wife Janet and numerous extended family members.

We will have more information about his visitation and memorial service at a later time.

According to his obituary, in lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Robert with a donation to a missing persons organization, such as these very dear to his heart: The CUE Center for Missing Persons, PO Box 12714, Wilmington, NC, 28405, Project Jason, PO Box 59054, Renton, WA., or texasequusearch.org.

There is still a $50,000 reward for reliable information leading to the return or location of Rachel Cooke or to the identity of any person involved in her disappearance
 
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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2014, 12:50:36 AM »

Robert Cooke, father of Missing Rachel Cooke, Has Passed Away

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/11/06/robert-cooke-father-of-missing-rachel-cooke-has-passed-away/

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Robert Cooke, the father of missing Rachel Cooke, has passed away after battling a long-term illness. Robert Cooke died Wednesday in Austin, Texas, he was only 59. His daughter Rachel Cooke went missing in January 2002, near her Georgetown home when she went out for a jog near her parents’ home but never returned.  Mr. Cooke never stopped looking for his beloved daughter Rachel. Robert kept a fathers promise to his daughter until the end. On a personal note, I met Robert Cooke when searching for Natalee Holloway in Aruba and in fact we were roommates. We spent many nights talking and he told me about his daughters disappearance and I could hear in his words his love, dedication and desire to never give up the fight to find Rachel. What a nice, nice man. I will never forget our talks, sharing your personal insights of a father and giving me an understanding of what real strengths and dedication truly is. God bless you Robert Cooke, and may the peace of the Lord be with you.

Robert Cooke became very active in missing persons’ causes. He held women’s self-defense classes all over Central Texas, and Cooke helped search for many missing people.

“On the day Rachel disappeared, Robert [Cooke] made a promise to her that he would never stop looking for her, and he kept that promise,” according to his obituary.
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