Rachel Cooke Missing 2 Years

Discussion in 'The Search for Rachel Cooke' started by "J_R", Jan 10, 2004.

  1. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Rachel Cooke.

    Nineteen-year-old Rachel was a college student.

    She was home on winter break.

    "There was never enough time in the day to do everything Rachel wanted to do," Janet said.

    Rachel ran out of time.

    She left her parents Georgetown home two years ago for a jog never to be seen again.

    "I thought for some reason we would find her," Janet said.

    "We still do have leads. I've personally looked at some leads that have come in, in the last week," Williamson County Sheriff's Department Chief Mike Lummus said.

    But as the yellow ribbons fade, so does the Cooke's hope of ever having their daughter home alive.

    "It's not really very realistic. We kind of keep our hopes up but the odds are less then one percent that she'll come home alive so we're prepared any way she does come home," Rachel's father Robert Cooke said.

    To remember Rachel, the Cookes are asking the community to join them from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church located on Williams Drive in Georgetown.

  2. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Cookes still searching for daughter, answers, peace

    Ceremony marking Rachel Cooke's disappearance Saturday


    A ceremony marking the 2nd anniversary of the disappearance of Rachel Cooke will be held Saturday.

    Cooke, then 19, disappeared while jogging near her parents' home in Georgetown. Her whereabouts have remained a mystery, despite repeated searches and national news media attention.

    The effort to find her has been ramrodded by her parents. Her father, Robert Cooke, has chronicled those efforts in a daily journal on KVUE.com.

    The ceremony will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Drive, between 4 and 6 p.m.

    Fellowship, which will include a white dove release at 5:00 p.m., will take place from 4:00 until

    6:00 p.m. A candlelight prayer service at 6:00 p.m. will conclude the remembrance.


    Note: Kvue.com requires registration but you can also read Roberts daily journal at:

  3. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    As the white doves are released (5:00 p.m. (CST)) at Rachel's Gratitude and Remembrance Vigil please take a moment to remember all our missing and their loved ones who are leaving a light on in hope.
  4. Voyager

    Voyager Active Member

    Remembering Rachel....

    Will remember Rachel today with thought and prayer....thinking of her as she appears in the pictures in the slideshow on Rachel's site, from tiny baby to beautiful young woman and celebrating along with her family and friends, her beautiful young life and praying hopefully still that she will come home to them....

  5. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    January 10, 2004

    Rachel's Gratitude and Remembrance Vigil was a mixture of laughter and tears. It was a nice ceremony though very difficult for family and friends because Rachel wasn't there and we still don't know where she is.

    Kudos to Rachel's Aunt Diane for this statement:

    "With Williamson County, you've got a new start and I challenge you Sheriff Jim Wilson, please find Rachel," she said.

    Sheriff Wilson spoke briefly and told RC and Janet now that he is in office he will make Rachel's case a top priority.

    Austin American-Stateman article (requires registration):

    <b>New sheriff will take fresh look at case of missing woman

    Wilson may bring in outside investigators to help solve 2-year-old mystery</b>


    All five major media stations were there and gave Rachel's story good coverage.

    Available on-line:

    <b>Remembering Rachel</b>
    News 8 Austin's Allie Rasmus reports from Georgetown.


    <b>Family And Friends Mark Sad Anniversary</b>


    KVUE's team coverage
    <b>Rachel Cooke's family, friends gather for anniversary</b>
    Play Clip
    (requires registration)


    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  6. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Between RC and MAC there was more than enough food for everyone.

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  7. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Greg Allen, father of missing Sabrina Allen spoke briefly about his frustrations when Sabrina was located and then let slip through everyone's grasp June 13, 2003.

    To read more about Sabrina Fair Llorens Allen click here:


    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  8. "J_R"

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    RC, Janet and JoAnn get their "white doves" from the handler. (I believe these were actually white homing pigeons.)

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  9. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Grandma and Grandpa Cooke released the bird that represented Rachel.

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  10. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    RC counted to three and the birds took flight.

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  11. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    After circling the building, Rachel's bird races to catch up with the other three.

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  12. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Flying home together...

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  13. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    RC and Janet each lit 12 candles on the communion rail to represent the number of months, 24 in total, that Rachel has been missing.

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  14. "J_R"

    "J_R" Shutter Bug Bee

    Rachel's Uncle David read scripture and offered a prayer at the candlelight service. After the service, RC and Janet blew out the candles on the communion rail and the service was concluded. Many hugs were exchanged and another year without knowing where Rachel is was acknowledged.

    ©Jacqueline L. Riggs 2004

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  15. AK

    AK Member

    Two years...

    My great admiration to the Cookes for never letting Rachel be forgotten and continuing to help others through your grief. What special people you are.

    Thanks, JR, for chronicling these events. Glad to know those are homing pigeons and not doves.
  16. RC

    RC FFJ Senior Member

    great pictures

    Thanks for posting the excellent pictures JR. Saturday was a very special day. A lot of Rahcel's friends spoke about her. It helped they audience know her better.

    The white pigeons had to fly around 75 miles to their home in New Brunfels, Texas. After we released them, the birds made two circles over us to get their bearing and then headed south. This gave all of the cameras a chance to get some great shots of the birds.

    Janet and I have a meeting with the new sheriff tomorrow. One of the topics will be the long awaited task force.
  17. Moab

    Moab Admin Staff Member

    RC and JR...

    What a beautiful tribute to Rachel!

    RC, the best of luck when speaking with the sheriff. Time to get mean with them, no more Mr. Nice guy, ok?
  18. Ayeka

    Ayeka Member


    I thought about her (and all of you, her family) all day on the 10th.

    Hope that meeting goes well. (Or went well, depending on when it was.)

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