A Memorial Gathering for Rachel Cooke

Wednesday evening I attended a memorial ceremony in Georgetown, Texas for Rachel Cooke, who at 19 went missing on January 10, 2002 while on a run from her family home.   On this, the 16th anniversary of that tragic occurrence, about fifty friends and family gathered in front of a live oak tree planted in her memory several years ago on the Georgetown High School campus, where Rachel graduated in 2000.  Included were her mother, Janet Cooke, who still holds out hope that some resolution will finally come.   The investigation continues.  On hand were three members of the famed Texas Rangers, wearing their iconic hats.  The Rangers are actively involved in finding answers, as are other law enforcement officials, including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Robert Chody, shown with Janet Cooke in the opening image.   A $100,000 reward is offered for anyone with information about Rachel.   These photos accompany a story in the Austin American-Statesman

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