Search for Hellen Cook resumes Friday after her clothing found - KCTV5

Search for Hellen Cook continues after her clothing found

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Clothing belonging to Hellen Cook, a great-grandmother who went missing on July 13, was found Thursday.

Rain ended the search for her Thursday night. The search resumed Friday as authorities and volunteers are concentrating on the area where the items were found, according to an update from the family.

Friday the moss was cleaned out of the pond near where the items were found and the family said in a Facebook update that divers would do a grid search of the pond, located off Walnut Grove and Hensley Road, Saturday. The search yielded no results.

Nearly 250 volunteers walked fields, woods and other areas on Thursday looking for Cook. The searchers included more than 150 Air Force members from Whiteman Air Force Base where Cook's son works.

Thursday's searches led to Cook's shoes, hat and scarf being found by volunteers. The items were found in a small area in woods near the walking path where she was last seen. A pair of boots that Cook was carrying when she wandered off were also found.

Once the items were found, police helicopter and canines assisted in the search. Drenching downpours have impeded the search efforts.

Cook was last seen taking a walk between Walnut Grove and Highway 7 in Warsaw. Police dogs have tracked her scent until it disappears along Highway 7, leading investigators to believe she got into a car.

The woman suffers from Alzheimer's and has difficulties communicating. She hasn't had her medication since she disappeared.

"We are confident that if she were in public in northern Missouri she would have been reported and found," the family said in an update issued Thursday. "As we canvas neighborhoods, more than 95 percent of the people we talk to are aware of the case, recognize Cook's picture and commit to calling authorities if they see her. If she were in public in northern Missouri, she would have been found."

The family is asking to get Cook's face seen in every state of the country. They are asking Facebook users to create a post containing Cook's photo and description and post it to their personal wall. Facebook users are asked to have their friends and family share the post.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office brought in a dog team from Kansas City on July 24.

If anyone has seen her, they are asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Department at 660-438-9555.

For a Facebook page created by the family, click here.

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