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Examiner
  • Latest search turns up signs of missing woman

  • During an intense search in Benton County Thursday volunteers found missing Alzheimer’s patient Hellen Cook’s shoes, scarf and boots.



    Nearly 300 people came out to help, including some from Blue Springs Assembly, family and friends and volunteers from Whiteman Air Force Base.

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  • During an intense search in Benton County Thursday volunteers found missing Alzheimer’s patient Hellen Cook’s shoes, scarf and boots.
    Nearly 300 people came out to help, including some from Blue Springs Assembly, family and friends and volunteers from Whiteman Air Force Base.
    The family, updating their Facebook page, said about 50 searchers remained in the area into Thursday evening.
    The group scoured about 200 acres in Benton County near the Warsaw vacation property where Cook disappeared July 13.
    Cook, 72, was last seen around 11:30 a.m. that Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County.
    Cook was wearing jean shorts, a light-colored T-shirt and tennis shoes when she was last seen.
    “Hellen was last seen carrying boots so perhaps these boots are another clue to her whereabouts,” the family posted on Facebook. The shoes and scarf were found early in the search; the boots were found late in the afternoon.
    “We are hopeful that we may finally get an answer today,” the statement said.
    Hellen was outside working in the yard at the family’s vacation home while her husband, Howard Cook, was mowing the yard. When he finished putting the mower away, he returned to the house and Hellen was gone.
    Dogs tracked Hellen as far as Cold Springs Avenue and M-7 in Warsaw, but then lost the trail.
    She is described as nearly 5 feet tall and 97 pounds with short brown or auburn hair.
    Anyone who might have seen Cook or with any information is asked to call the Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555 or dial 911. Information on search efforts can also be found open the family’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/FindHellenCook?fref=ts
     

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