The following is a press release from Hellen Cook's daughter, Terri Cook. If you have any information on Hellen's whereabouts, contact Terri at (920) 273-5636.
Hellen Cook remains missing.
Leads from last night are still being investigated with no new news.
The family is researching the decision to call an Endangered Persons Alert versus a Silver Alert. It is believed a Silver Alert would allow for more coverage across the Missouri interstates and beyond state lines. The family is persevering in trying to get a Silver Alert issued.
In addition, Benton County Sheriff requested back up assistance from the State Highway Patrol. A member of Troop A of the State Highway Patrol, Detective Greg Martin, met with Howard Cook, husband of Hellen, and Ron Weber, son-in-law of Hellen, to reevaluate all timelines, facts, and the family??s progress in the case. The family is encouraged by this news as more resources are now available to chase leads and can react more quickly to leads outside of Benton County.
Daughter, Darolyn Fagg, met with WalMart Managers from around the central region today at the Clinton WalMart. Each Manager heard the history of this case and how Hellen Cook loves to shop in their stores. Fliers were taken and the family is very thankful to their friends at WalMart for their support in sharing Cook??s plight with their employees. It is hoped that if Hellen does enter, an employee may recognize her and call 911.
A vigil is being planned at the family church for tonight, Friday at 8:30PM. Please join Hellen??s family and friends to honor and pray for her safe return at Blue Springs Assembly of God located at 2501 NE Duncan Road in Blue Springs.
The family is continuing their efforts to gather leads and has added a new location for their major search party for tomorrow morning, Saturday, July 20th. The family is asking for volunteers near the Warsaw area to join us for a satellite search party in Clinton, Mo. Volunteers will meet at the First Baptist Church of Clinton at 209 E. Jefferson St. in Clinton at 9:00AM. The search will consist of volunteers walking city streets handing out fliers and asking if anyone may have seen Hellen. Additionally, volunteers are asked to bring ATVs to this search site if they have them. ATV riders will be asked to canvas back roads and farms in the surrounding area.
A search party is also being planned for Saturday, July 20th. If you are willing to volunteer, please show up at the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church between 8:00AM and 10:00AM. We will be having staggered starts during this two hour window, so come at the time most convenient for you.
Hellen Cook was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13th near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County, Missouri. Ms. Cook was wearing jean shorts, a light-colored t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Cook is described as nearly 5' tall and 97 pounds with short brown or auburn hair.
Ms. Cook has now gone seven days without medication which will cause severe confusion and disorientation. She will likely not recognize her name, nor will she be able to speak in complete sentences. Hellen??s favorite introduction line to others is, ??My name??s Hellen, spelled with 2 l??s. Please don??t shorten it.?? This joke may bring a smile to her face.
The family asks that everyone please share her picture and plight. More information may be found on the family??s community facebook page at www.facebook.com/FindHellenCook.
Anyone who may have seen this woman or with information is asked to call Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555.