2003: Robert Cooke, Person of the Year 12/31/2003 5:00 AM By: Paul Brown Robert Cookeâ€™s 19-year-old daughter Rachel went missing almost two years ago, and Robert hasnâ€™t stopped in his relentless search for her. ...snip "We heard about it on the TV, and we helped because our daughter is about the same age. It was our community and we just wanted to be a part of that," Greene said. ...snip "I try to keep Rachel in the news and do some things because I know that somebody knows something and that's my goal, is to try and get that person to talk," Robert said. Robertâ€™s mission to find Rachel is admirable. He organized charity/awareness runs and an alert system similar to the Amber Alert, but for a person of any age. In April 2002, three months after Rachel's disappearance, Robert helped organize a Run-Walk for Rachel that brought awareness to her case and the impact a missing person has on other families. In July 2002, Williamson County adopted the Rachel Alert, which allows information to go out at a moment's notice to police and the media about a missing person. Then, and now, he believes it is just as needed as the Amber Alert for younger people. "To me there's no reason why a high school senior should start out the year and be eligible to have an Amber Alert issued and by the time they graduate, they're not eligible for that," Robert said. Rachel Cooke's father is News 8 Austin's Person of the Year. Robert is also a lobbyist for missing and exploited children. He has met with state lawmakers and taken two trips to Washington, D.C. Lately, he has also organized free self-defense classes for women, called MUST (Mentally Useful Safety Techniques). "A lot of times I see mothers -- they're so protective about their children -- so they don't take the time to protect themselves. They need to ask themselves, what would happen to their children if THEY disappeared," Robert said. As each day goes by, a numbing uncertainty continues to hang over Robert. He stays strong for Rachel. ...snip Rachel's 21th birthday has come and gone. Her 22nd birthday is in May. Robert will no doubt pause again to celebrate his daughterâ€™s life, which shines as his inspiration to help others also searching for answers. http://news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=93675 Note: There is a video for those who would like to see the interview.