UPDATE: Possible sighting of missing elderly Benton County woman

Endangered Person Alert issued for Hellen Cook, 72, last seen about 11:30 Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County.

Updated: Wednesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m.:

At approximately 7:00PM last night, a customer of the Quick Trip at the corner of 72nd and Wornall in Kansas City called and claimed to have seen Hellen Cook.

The family contacted the patron, and gathered a description that matched Hellen Cookâ??s personality and mannerisms. Sergeant Chris Lance of the Kansas City Police Department, 816-719-8305, obtained security footage from Quick Trip this afternoon. Unfortunately, since Hellen did not walk into the store, but was only seen in the parking lot, the cameras did not capture her and she could not be positively identified.

The family is shifting their search efforts to this area due to the accurate description by the informant.

Updated: Wednesday, July 17 at 3:00 p.m.:

The sheriff's office has utilized a total of eleven different search K-9's from around the region, all of which have indicated Cook walked to the intersection of Cold Springs Avenue and Missouri Route 7 Highway. The K-9's lose track at this location, indicating that Cook may have entered a vehicle at this point.

The Hickory County Mounted Posse remains on scene in the area continuing their efforts in searching near the residence, to help rule out the possibility Cook may have wandered into the woods at that location.

At this point, investigators have received leads on possible sightings from Kansas, Ohio, Missouri and Florida. Many leads have been received, and great efforts have been taken to sort through these leads and extract any pertinent information leading to locating Cook. Many of these leads have been determined to be unfounded.

Most recently, an eye witness told the Benton County Sheriff that they observed an older female entering a newer model black Ford F-150 about four miles south of Lincoln on US 65. This female was petite in stature and wearing a white top and blue jean shorts, matching Cook's description. The sighting took place on Saturday,July 13 between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon, which would've been only a few hours after Cook was reported to have walked away from her residence.

If anyone has any further information on this lead, or may have picked up a female roadside south of Lincoln on that date, please contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office right away.

You can contact your local law enforcement agency, dial 911 or contact Benton County Central Dispatch directly at (660) 438-9555, or Benton County Sheriff's Office at (660) 438-6135.

Updated: Wednesday, July 17 at 7:15 a.m.:

While her family still holds out hope, officials have suspended a formal search for the missing Benton County great grandmother.

Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen Saturday.

Her family said they are hoping volunteers will continue to be on the look out.

Cook stands about five feet tall, and weighs 97 pounds.

Cook has Alzheimerâ??s and was last seen at her family's lake property, southwest of Warsaw, when she wandered off.

The family has set up a Facebook page titled "Find missing Alzheimer's Woman Hellen Cook" where anyone can post possible leads and download a missing person's poster.

Authorities have issued an endangered person alert
and ask anyone with information to call them at (660) 438-9555.

A search party is also being planned for Saturday. Volunteers can meet at the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church in Blue Springs from 8:00 to 10:00 a-m.

Original Story:

Benton County Authorities are searching for an eldery Benton County woman.

Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen about 11:30 Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County. She was wearing jean shorts, a white t-shirt and tennis shoes. Cook is described as 5' tall and 97 pounds with short brown or auburn hair. She was also carrying an extra pair of boots and a walking stick.

Cook suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.

According to a press release, Hellen and her husband were visiting their lake property, located southwest of Warsaw in a rural area close to Truman Lake. She walked away from her camper about 11:30 a.m. Saturday while her husband was mowing the yard.

Her husband said he had been mowing for about 45 minutes before noticing his wife was no longer sitting on the porch swing where she had been.

He believes she may have been attempting to get back to their primary residence in Buckner, or returning to cities where she lived earlier including Braggadocio, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, or Blue Springs, Missouri and may have been trying to stay near roads.

Search dogs tracked her scent to Highway 7 in Warsaw, Missouri. Authorities believe she may have gotten into a vehicle ending the scent trail.

She may answer to her maiden name of Hellen Cox, and she will not be able to communicate effectively.

Anyone who may have seen this woman or with information is asked to call Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555.