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#1 Lori Davis

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:03 PM

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Name: Hellen Cook

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Date of Birth: 11/30/1940
Date Missing: 07/13/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 72
City Missing From: Warsaw
State Missing From: MO
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft
Weight: 100 lbs
Hair Color: Auburn/Brown
Hair (other): Short, curly
Eye Color: Hazel

Identifying Characteristics: Hellen is very petite.

Clothing: She was wearing a light colored top and denim shorts.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Hellen walked off while her husband was putting away the lawnmower. Bloodhounds lost her trail at highway 7. Authorities suspect she may have gotten in an unknown vehicle on the highway. Various unconfirmed reports suggest that she may still be along highway 7 in the Clinton/Warsaw MO area. She is an Alzheimer's patient, may be very confused, and possibly unable to communicate or recognize her name.

Medical Conditions: Hellen has Alzheimers, and has been without medication since her disappearance.

Investigative Agency: Benton County Sherrif
Agency Phone: (660) 438-9555

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 02:53 PM

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Authorities seek woman, 72, last seen near Warsaw

Posted on: 8:13 pm, July 13, 2013, by Barrett Tryon

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Helen Cook
WARSAW, Mo. — Authorities are hoping the public can help find a woman reported missing Saturday from Warsaw, Mo.

Helen Cook, 72, was last seen near the Walnut Grove and Hensley Road area in Benton County. Cook suffers from Alzheimer’s.

She’s described as five feet tall, weighs 95 pounds and has short brown hair. She was last seen wearing jean shorts and a white t-shirt.

Cook could possibly be walking to her former home in Buckner, Mo., in Jackson County.

If you have seen Cook or have information, contact Benton County at 660-438-9555.

 

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Police searching for missing Warsaw woman
Posted: 07/13/2013 7:40 PM
By: 41 Action News Staff By: 41 Action News Staff
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WARSAW, Mo. - Police in Warsaw, Mo. are asking for help to find a missing woman. Officers say 72-year-old Helen Cook disappeared Saturday afternoon.

They say Cook's family is concerned because she suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Police also say Cook may believe she's headed to her old home in Buckner, Mo.

They describe her as a small woman, only weighing 95 pounds and measuring five feet tall. Officers say Cook was wearing jean shorts and a white t-shirt when she disappeared.

Police in Benton County say if you have any information to give them a call at 660-438-9555.

 

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Hellen Cook missing from western Missouri
4:03 PM, Jul 17, 2013 
Brandie Piper

WARSAW, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in western Missouri have been searching for a 72-year-old woman who was reported missing Saturday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a release Wednesday that Hellen Erlene Cook was reported missing from Warsaw in Benton County on Saturday. Cook suffers from Alzheimer's and authorities say she may be headed to Buckner, where she lives.

She's described as about 5 feet tall, 97 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Cook is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Department at (660) 438-9555.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 02:55 PM

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Family organizes volunteer search in Blue Springs for missing woman

Posted: Jul 18, 2013 6:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 6:37 PM EDT
By DeAnn Smith, Digital Content Manager 
By Jonathan Carter, Reporter 

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) - Desperate family and friends organized a search for a missing 72-year-old woman. Dozens of volunteers fanned out Thursday night.

The staging point was Blue Springs Assembly of God Church on Northeast Duncan Road. Hellen Cook walked away from her vacation home near Warsaw last Saturday.

Family members believe she was trying to make her way to Buckner, where she and her husband, Howard, live or Blue Springs where she attends church and has strong community ties. Hellen Cook suffers from Alzheimer's and has not taken her medication since last weekend.

She had wandered away several times in recent weeks and found her way to Blue Springs in all of those cases.

But because there have been no confirmed sightings of the woman in Jackson County, the sheriff's office has declined to undertake a search.

Hellen Cook was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County. This is just southwest of Warsaw in Benton County.

Eleven police canines indicate that Hellen Cook walked to the intersection of Cold Springs Avenue and Highway 7, authorities say. The dogs lose the scent at that point, indicating that she got into a vehicle.

An eyewitness reported seeing someone matching Hellen Cook's description get into a newer model black Ford F-150 about four miles south of Lincoln on U.S. 65. This occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday, which was less than four hours after she was last seen.

A family member said someone may have seen Hellen Cook at the QuickTrip near West 72nd Street and Wornall Road in Waldo on Monday.

Police and the family reviewed surveillance video Wednesday afternoon, but it was only inside the convenience store. The woman matching Hellen Cook's description was spotted outside, and never came inside.

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amily members also are planning a search on Saturday.

They are asking volunteers to come to the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. They will be having staggered starts during the two-hour window.

Authorities said she will likely not recognize her name, nor will she be able to speak in complete sentences.

Her family is desperately worried, knowing that she is confused and disoriented. She may have been without food, water and shelter this entire time.

She is physically fit and walks up to seven miles daily.


Hellen Cook is described as 5' tall and 97 pounds with hazel eyes, and short brown or auburn hair. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a white T-shirt and tennis shoes. She was also carrying an extra pair of boots, and a walking stick.

Anyone with information is asked to call Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:10 PM

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Search continues for woman with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's affects more than 5 million Americans

Emily Wood
5:17 p.m. CDT, July 18, 2013

Thursday marked day five of the search for a missing woman with Alzheimers.  Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen in Benton County, Mo.  The disappearance of a loved one is a concern for hundreds of thousands of families affected by the disease.

"We want her back.  She's tiny, she's alone, she's afraid.  If they dropped her off on a road she didn't remember, how's she going to make it home?" said Teresa Cook, the woman's daughter-in-law.

The family of Hellen Cook is on an all-out search for for the mother, grandmother, and wife.  She was last seen at the family's summer vacation spot in Benton County, Mo., Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m. 

"We don't have any idea, and that's part of being an Alzheimer's patient, I don't know what she was thinking.  I don't know what she was doing," said Michael Rose, the woman's son.

It is a terrifying situation for the Cook family.  They've had to search for Hellen before but have always found her quickly.

"Wthin moments of leaving your own home, even though you may have lived there 15, 20, 30 years, nothing looks familiar," said Rob Hulstra of the Greater Missouri Alzheimer's Association.

The Alzheimers Association is one of the many organizations helping in the search for Hellen.

He said the issue of wandering is all too common among those with Alzheimer's.

"The statistics for finding person alive after first 24 hours drops dramatically," Hulstra said.

It can be difficult to track where a person with Alzheimer's may be going.  In their minds they may be in a different place and time.  The Cooks know Hellen walked at least five miles away from the family vacation spot near Walnut Grove at Hensley Road.  Multiple people saw her.

"Home is not necessarily a geographic destination; it's a destination of the heart, and being able to find that place is very rarely achieved," Hulstra said.

Eleven different teams of search dogs and handlers have worked to track Cook.  All the dogs indicated she walked from her home to the intersection of Cold Springs Avenue at Missouri 7, but the dogs lose her scent at that point.  Investigators believe the woman may have gotten into a vehicle. 

"She's had no medicine.  We don't know if she's had food or water. She's bound to be frightened and scared by herself," Hulstra said.

"We just want her found as quickly as we can," Teresa Cook said.

Cook was wearing jean shorts, a light-colored t-shirt, and tennis shoes.  She is just under 5 feet tall and weighs under 100 pounds.

The Alzheimer's Assocation has a national database with detailed profiles about the millions of people affected by the disease, including pictures.

Since instituted in 1988, they have had a 99 percent success rate with the system of people finding people.


Hulstra said Cook was not listed in that database, but the group is working with authorities to help find her.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:46 AM

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Frustration mounts for family of missing Warsaw, Mo., woman

Posted: 07/19/2013
By: Lindsay Shively By: Lindsay Shively

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Tips come in every day from all over Kansas City but there is still no sign of missing Alzheimer’s patient Hellen Cook.

Six days in, the Cook family's nerves are raw. Her daughter, Terri Cook, has spent the last six days organizing an extraordinary effort but is struggling not to panic.

"Is she laying in a ditch? Is she laying in the woods?" Terri said.

They have spanned more than a hundred miles, covering every inch with Hellen Cook's face but still no sign of Hellen.

Law enforcement must sense it, too as highway patrol investigators stepped in Friday morning. Hellen’s husband Howard answered their tough questions for two hours.

"It was hard at times. But anything to get her back is fine,” he said.

Hellen and Howard got married over 50 years ago. Hellen's nursing career flourished and Warsaw, Mo., was their retreat. But in the moments it took Howard to put away the lawn mower, it became the last place he saw her. Now the days are adding up.

"It is just like somebody has torn my heart out," Howard said, "I can't do anything about it."

What this family can do they have already done. They are pasting posters from Warsaw to Blue Springs.

For those who don’t believe she could make it that far, her family insists the 72-year-old sometimes walked more than 20 miles a day.

"That little gal is tough," Howard said.

Now, it is a race against the clock. After days of searching, law enforcement won't search again without a lead.

Her family is now desperate.

"It is becoming an emergency to find Hellen," Howard said, “We just need to get relief, we need to find her. It has been a week now!"


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:50 AM

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Buckner woman suffering from Alzheimer’s still missing
July 19
BY LEE HILL KAVANAUGH
The Kansas City Star

At the end of a winding driveway, in a Buckner farmhouse nestled among acres of soybeans, a family huddles around a lace-covered table — trying to find ways to let the world know about their mom, wife, grandmother.

The dining room has become the Cook family’s war room since Hellen Cook, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, walked away from the couple’s second home near Warsaw, Mo., and into danger.

The missing woman illustrates a growing national problem as the aging baby boomer demographic struggles with rising cases of dementia and the many problems that accompany it.

When a family finds itself with a lost loved one, there is no manual on what to do to find her. The Cook family is learning by trial and error: who to call, how to search, how to let the world know, how to keep the momentum going.

They are not giving up, even after seven days. Not yet. “She’s my mom,” said Terri Cook. “How could I?”

The family table, which has brimmed over the years with Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas morning brunches and birthday and anniversary celebrations, is now a hub of activity trying to save a life.

Chargers for four laptops and four smartphones snake into a power strip. Social media sites glow on screens as two of the half-dozen family members and friends tap out messages to the world. Phones ring every few minutes, every call a possibility of hope.

Hellen Cook was last seen last Saturday around noon near Warsaw, a little more than 100 miles southeast of Buckner. She was wearing jean shorts and a light-colored shirt. She had no identification and no money.

Hand-scrawled notes of tips plotted on a paper map show a path. A sighting at a Dollar General store in Grain Valley. Another in Tightwad, Mo. Another at the Wal-Mart in Warsaw. Some possible sightings hold promise. Others, such as the report of an elderly woman in Waldo, do not.

“We check every tip out ourselves,” in addition to calling the police or sheriff in the area, said Terri Cook, Hellen’s daughter.

Several nights this week, the family has organized volunteers from Hellen and her husband Howard’s church, the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church on Duncan Road. A prayer vigil was held Friday night. This morning, the family hopes to have 200 volunteers to check wooded areas near Blue Springs lakes and streams. Another search group, meeting at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, will cover farms and back roads in that area.

The Cook family’s church in Blue Springs is just a half mile from a nursing home where Hellen Cook worked for years as a nurse. She knew the neighborhood well, and there are many fast food restaurants and air-conditioned stores she might wander into.

“We’ve come a long way figuring out what to do since Saturday night,” Terri Cook said. “We just keep asking, ‘What can we do?’

“Gosh, I’m hoping that she shoplifts somewhere so we can find her,” she said, laughing. Before the disease ravaged her mother’s mind, she would have been horrified at the suggestion.

“If she was here, she’d tell you how to spell her name, double l’s and don’t shorten it, she’d say. ... My mom is strong and sassy and feisty. She grew up poor, working in the cotton fields. Her family often slept in barns. Mom would think nothing of going up to somebody’s house and drinking from their garden hose.

“If anyone can survive in this weather, she can. And that’s our hope, that’s what we’re clinging to.”

Howard Cook last saw his wife sitting on a porch swing as he put away the lawn mower at their second home in Benton County. When he came back, she was gone. But the 6-foot-high cattle gate was still shut, cocked at the same angle he always puts it when he locks it up. He assumed she was napping, and he took a shower.

“I’m certain now she scrambled over that gate like a monkey,” he said.

His wife, just 4 feet 10 inches tall, is not a typical 72-year-old, he said. For years she walked seven miles daily. Sometimes, she walked the seven miles twice, forgetting she’d just walked it.

“We think she’s trying to walk home,” he said. “But by now she’d be so disorientated, she probably couldn’t even say her name.”

The disease has grown worse in the last three weeks. Two weeks earlier, while Howard Cook was stopped at a light in Grain Valley, she opened the car door and started walking. With construction all around and a doctor’s appointment to get to, he thought she was angry and decided to let her walk it off. Police called him an hour later. Hellen had nearly made it to Blue Springs. A woman picked her up because she noticed something was wrong.

“Hellen told her she was from Blue Springs,” Howard Cook said, shaking his head.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department organized three canine search teams, as well as people searching on horseback, ATVs and in a helicopter.

But all three dog teams lost her trail in the same place: an intersection of Missouri 7 and Cold Springs Avenue just west of Warsaw. Residents confirmed seeing an elderly woman walking fast with a big stick and carrying boots. (According to her family, she recently started “collecting” items in the neighborhood, such as shoes, a shovel, one sock.)

“The police think she got in a car,” said Howard Cook. With the trail cold, the sheriff suspended the searches midweek.

Last Sunday morning, Terri Cook drove the eight hours from her home in Wisconsin to Buckner. For two days and nights she didn’t sleep as she and her siblings made phone calls and fliers.

“I close my eyes and think about her curled up somewhere, all alone and in pain...,” Terri Cook stops. “Nighttime is the worst. I’m glad to be exhausted.”

The Alzheimer’s Association in Wisconsin asked Terri Cook to keep notes of the steps she and her family have taken so that perhaps someday they could share what they did with other families of lost loved ones.

“I feel like I’m a pest, especially to police and media, but I keep trying to be nice,” she said. “Making the public aware is my best hope.”

She’s learned how to delegate. Nieces and nephews skilled at social media set up a website getting the word out. Terri’s brother is in Warsaw organizing volunteer searches and handing out fliers to businesses there. There are twice daily calls to area hospitals and homeless shelters. A garbage company in Jackson County is giving fliers to their haulers, and a UPS manager has done the same for his drivers.

“My mom loves Wal-Marts and McDonald’s,” Terri Cook said. So every Wal-Mart manager between Warsaw and Blue Springs has gotten a phone call or been given a flier or been visited by the family. “They said they can’t post anything but all the managers are aware. People have been so kind.”

More family members drove Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis, stopping at truck stops and rest areas to post fliers, just in case someone gave her a ride there.

“My mom grew up near St. Louis so her mind might remember that better than the later memories,” Terri Cook said. “But she could be anywhere.”

On Thursday, Bill Spano, who works at the Independence Emergency Operation Center and is a member of the Truman Search and Rescue Team, came to search. He said his group had only heard about the missing woman on the radio that day.

“You’re doing everything you can,” he comforted her. “There’s probably 30 jurisdictions between Warsaw and Blue Springs. Keep at it.”

Howard Cook blames himself. Retired from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, he and Hellen reared four children, who all graduated from Fort Osage High School in the 1980s. One son became a Navy Seal, but after retiring from the service in 2009 took his own life. The family believes the trauma of his death might have accelerated the progression of Hellen Cook’s Alzheimer’s.

“I vowed I will take care of her myself until she dies,” said Howard Cook, who has been married to Hellen for 51 years. “I learned now you can’t take your eyes off of her. But how do you do things like put away a lawn mower without watching her constantly? I don’t know what I’ll do.

“But the Lord knows where she is. I just wish he’d tell me so I could go get her.”


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:19 AM

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Missing woman's family holding out hope
By Kelly Evenson
The Examiner
Posted Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:25 AM
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Buckner, MO —It’s been a week since Hellen Cook was last seen in the yard on her property near Warsaw, Mo.

But her family is not giving up hope that they will find the wife, mother and friend they hold so dear.

“Without the community, we would be dead in the water right now,” said Trevor Ellis, the husband of one of Cook’s granddaughters, Sarah. “It is overwhelming when so many people are calling asking what they can do to help.”

Cook, 72, was last seen around 11:30 a.m. July 13 near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County, which is southwest of Warsaw, Mo.

Hellen was outside working in the yard at the family’s vacation home while her husband, Howard Cook, was mowing the yard. When Howard finished mowing, he returned to the barn to put the equipment away. When he returned 15 to 20 minutes later, Hellen was gone.


Terri Cook, Hellen’s daughter, said it appears her mother walked up the driveway from the house and climbed over a gate blocking the road, toward Missouri 7. Dogs tracked Hellen as far as Cold Springs Avenue and M-7, but then lost the trail. Benton County police believe Hellen might have gotten into a car at that point. A tip earlier this week said someone saw an older female getting into a dark-colored Ford F-150 just south of Lincoln, Mo. along U.S. 65. Lincoln is northeast of Warsaw. However, police have not been able to confirm if the woman was in fact Hellen Cook.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:30 PM

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Search party gathering Saturday to look for missing woman with Alzheimer's

by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News
9:35 a.m. CDT, July 20, 2013

CLINTON, Mo.-- Family, friends and strangers are requested to help locate Hellen Cook.

Cook, 72, suffers from Alzheimer's, and has been missing for a week.

Hellen was reported missing from Warsaw in Benton County last Saturday.

Volunteers are being asked to meet at 9:00 Saturday morning at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, at 209 East Jefferson Street.

Authorities say Cook walked away from her vacation home.

She's described as about 5 feet tall, 97 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

There have been reports of possible sightings, but nothing confirmed.

Family members believe she might be trying to get to Buckner, where she and her husband live, or possibly Blue Springs, where she attends church.

(Press Release below)

Hellen Cook was last seen at her camper in Warsaw, Missouri on July 13.  It’s now been 7 days.

The family gathered with friends and loved ones at the Blue Springs Assembly Church tonight.  More than 175 people attended, heard details of Hellen’s disappearance and search, prayed, and lit candles.

The family is continuing their efforts to gather leads and has added a new location for their major search party for tomorrow morning, Saturday, July 20th.  The family is asking for volunteers near the Warsaw area to join for a satellite search party in Clinton, Mo.  Volunteers will meet at the First Baptist Church of Clinton at 209 E. Jefferson St. in Clinton at 9:00AM.  The search will consist of volunteers walking city streets, handing out fliers, and asking if anyone may have seen Hellen.  Additionally, volunteers are asked to bring ATVs to this search site if they have them.  ATV riders will be asked to canvas back roads and farms in the surrounding area.

A search party is also being planned for Saturday, July 20th.  If you are willing to volunteer, please come to the Blue Springs Assembly Church between 8:00AM and 10:00AM. We will be having staggered starts during this two hour window, so come at the time most convenient for you.

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amar Advertising also donated four downtown Kansas City billboards.  Lamar has placed the billboards on I-70 @ 435, up near Barry Road and I-29, in Lee's Summit at 3rd street, and 50 hwy and I-70 at the Brooklyn exit.  At least one of the billboards have already been placed.

Finally, the Cook Family was invited to a press conference that is being held to discuss the Alzheimer’s disease.  Michelle Niedens representing the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is asking all interested parties and the press to attend a conference showcasing the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s on its victims and their families.  This event will be held Sunday, July 21st at 4:30 PM at 3856 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, Kansas.  Also invited are Kansas Senator Greg and Missy Smith who just lost their Mother to Alzheimer's and US Representative Dennis and Stephene Moore who are also experiencing the ravages of Alzheimer’s in their lives.

The family asks that everyone please share her picture and plight.  More information may be found on the family’s community facebook page at www.facebook.com/FindHellenCook.

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


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 02:06 PM

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Search for Hellen Cook enters day 8
Posted on: 4:55 pm, July 21, 2013, by Barrett Tryon

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — It’s been more than a week since a Buckner, Mo., woman with Alzheimer’s went missing. On Sunday, the search has now entered day 8 for Hellen Cook.

The family told FOX 4 they have gotten a number of tips from getting the word out in so many different areas, like Clinton and Liberty, where searches were going on Sunday.

Tips are also coming away from as far as Ohio. But, Cook remains missing after walking away from her Warsaw, Mo., home on July 13.

Cook’s family said they haven’t gotten much sleep, but now have to figure out how to go forward since many of them have to go back to work.

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


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:10 PM

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Hellen Cook Missing: Daughter Of Alzheimer's Patient, Pleads For Help

Posted: 07/22/2013 4:25 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/22/2013 4:25 pm EDT

 

The daughter of a missing Missouri woman who suffers from Alzheimer's is pleading for help to find her mother.

Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen on July 13, near Warsaw, a small city located approximately 100 miles southeast of Kansas City.

"If you see her please call the authorities immediately. Most of our tips are a day later. We need those tips to come in as soon as there is a possible sighting. Even if it's a glimpse or a slight chance, we need that tip," Darolyn Fagg, told The Huffington Post.

Cook requires medication for her condition and family members say without it she will likely suffer from severe confusion and disorientation.

The search for Cook underscored a growing problem. According to Alzheimersamerica.com, 50 percent of all persons aged 85 and over have Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's experts predict "60 percent to 70 percent of all people with Alzheimer's will wander away from safety at least once." The website also notes that searches for missing individuals with Alzheimer's can be difficult because, "search records and anecdotal history from law enforcement officers show that even when people with Alzheimer's who wander do encounter public citizens, they are often ignored, considered 'homeless.'"

According to Fagg, her mother and father were at their second home in rural Benton County on the day she disappeared. Fagg's father, Howard Cook, said his wife was sitting on a porch swing when he went to put his lawn mower away. When he returned she was gone.

"My dad went into the house to see if she was inside and she wasn't," Fagg said. "He went to the next farm to check there and she wasn't there either. She basically vanished."

The Cooks' farm is surrounded by acres of soybean fields. A fence surrounds the property and a gate at the end of the driveway was locked. It is believed Hellen Cook may have climbed over the gate, as the sweater she was wearing was found on a fence post next to it. Where she went after that remains a mystery.

Neighbors believe they spotted Cook walking on the road leading away from her home on the day she disappeared. The Benton County Sheriff's Department has headed up the search for Cook. They have conducted aerial, water and ground searchers, but have yet to find any sign of her. Search dogs trailed Cook roughly five miles west of Warsaw, to the intersection of Missouri 7 and Cold Springs Avenue. The trail went cold after that.

"We have had a total of three dog teams with a total of 11 dogs, both track, air scent, and cadaver, search the area," Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen told HuffPost. "We've had private aircraft, the Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter and a five man horse team on horseback do two days of searching. We've also done some ATV and foot searches in the area and have come up empty handed. We are now coordinating a group of possible volunteers from the family and making sure landowners will help us enter their properties."

Fagg said her mother could be anywhere, as it is not uncommon for her to walk long distances.

"My mother will walk anywhere from five to seven miles each time she walks," she said. "Sometimes she'll forget she has done her walk and may go out again two or three times. She is physically fit, so 20 miles a day would be nothing for her."

Cook has been married to her husband for 51 years. She is a retired nurse and mother of four. According to her daughter, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009, after Cook's son, a Navy Seal, took his own life. The family suspects the trauma of incident could have accelerated the disease.

"I vowed I will take care of her myself until she dies," Howard Cook told The Kansas City Star. "I learned now you can't take your eyes off of her, but how do you do things like put away a lawn mower without watching her constantly? I don't know what I'll do ... The Lord knows where she is. I just wish he'd tell me so I could go get her."

Hellen Cook's Alzheimer’s symptoms have gotten progressively worse over time and her ability to speak has significantly diminished over the past six months, according to her daughter.

"When I walk in she recognizes my face and she smiles and waves, but she cannot say my name," Fagg told HuffPost. "She can hardly speak and her sentences are jumbled."

Cook's family members have actively participated in the search efforts. They have distributed flyers, rented a private plane for aerial searchers and explored several acres of land on foot.

Fagg there has been speculation given the result of the K9 searches that her mother got into a vehicle. However, she believes her mom is still in the area.

"We are going to see them today to request [another] dog team," she said. "If we can't get that we are hoping to do a person-to-person search. The sheriff's department firmly believes she got in a car. I do not believe that. My gut is telling me she turned around and got lost in one of the fields."

Cook's family has reached out to Texas EquuSearch, a group of volunteers that conduct searches for missing persons. She said they have yet to receive a response from the organization. They are hoping the group will respond soon and offer their assistance.

"Any help would be greatly appreciated," Fagg said. "We want our mother back. We miss her."

With each passing day, the odds of finding any missing person increases. Nevertheless, Fajen said his department is dedicated to finding Cook.

"We're looking for a positive," he said. "We'll keep doing all we can until we find her."

Cook is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet tall, weighing 97 pounds. She has short brown hair. Cook was last seen wearing jean shorts, a light-colored t-shirt, and tennis shoes. The family has created the "Find Hellen Cook" page on Facebook to share information about the case.

Anyone who may have seen Hellen Cook or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's department at 660-438-9555.

 


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Items found in search for missing woman

Posted: Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:08AM

WARSAW, Mo. - It's been 12 days since an elderly Jackson County woman was last seen and Thursday brought a renewed search for any clues as to where she may be.

Hundreds of volunteers comprising of strangers, family and military members from Whiteman Air Force Base are walking arm and arm searching Benton County for any signs of 72-year old Hellen Cook. The volunteers are combing more than 200 acres.

"This property is all fields, and forest and small barns. There are plenty of places she could be hiding, so we're hoping to find something today," said Sara Cook, Hellen's granddaughter.

Cook was last seen at her lake home near Warsaw back on July 13th.

Police dogs were able to track her scent to Missouri Highway 7 where it stopped. Her family believes she is either trying to walk to her home in Buckner, which is about 100 miles away or may have gotten a ride.

The family has also launched a Facebook page called Find Hellen Cook for people to share her photo across the country and to leave tips.

Thursday afternoon family members said searchers found personal items that belonged to Hellen. They said the items were discovered along a path that Hellen walked daily. 


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Missing, Wandering Alzheimer's Patients A Growing Concern

Posted: 07/26/2013 8:48 am EDT | Updated: 07/26/2013 8:48 am EDT
By David Lohr

In some cities, there are so many homeless people wandering the streets that others barely notice anymore.

But while mental illness is frequently to blame for their situations, those suffering specifically from Alzheimer's disease may wander without knowing why they are there or where they've come from.

It's an unfortunately common problem for people with Alzheimer's to end up lost. But those who then vanish without a trace -– the people who cannot be located and are often never found –- constitute a rapidly growing crisis looming on the horizon for baby boomers and their loved ones.

"There should be more awareness," Darolyn Fagg told HuffPost. "When a patient is diagnosed, a doctor's office should be more proactive in sharing information about the available resources. We had no idea until my mother went missing."

Fagg's mother, Hellen Cook, 72, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009. Her symptoms worsened and her ability to speak significantly diminished over time, according to her daughter.

Cook was last seen on July 13, near Warsaw, Mo., a small city about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Cook and Fagg's father, Howard Cook, were at their second home in rural Benton County when she disappeared. Howard Cook said his wife of 51 years was sitting on a porch swing when he went to put his lawn mower away. When he returned, she was gone.

Despite multiple searches, Hellen Cook has never been found.

"These things can happen any given time. All it takes is a caregiver who's working really hard, to turn around for a second and the person can wander," said Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services at the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's disease is fueling an increase in missing person cases worldwide and, without a cure, the problem could reach epidemic proportions by the year 2050. The disease, the most common form of dementia, is gradual, unbeatable so far and ultimately fatal. It afflicts 1 in 9 people older than 65, and according to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6 of every 10 people with dementia will wander -- and some never to be found.

The growing number of reported cases has not gone unnoticed by organizations committed to raising awareness about missing persons. "I've seen a steady increase in our own cases in the past five years," Kelly Murphy, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based Project Jason, told The Huffington Post.

Project Jason offers resources to families of the missing and has successfully organized grassroots efforts to pass missing-persons legislation. Murphy started Project Jason after her son, Jason Jolkowski, disappeared in June 2001. He is still missing.

"There's approximately 125,000 search-and-rescue missions where volunteer teams are deployed ... for missing Alzheimer's patients every year," said Kimberly Kelly, founder and director of Project Far From Home, an Alzheimer's education program designed for law enforcement and search and rescue personnel.

The estimated number of reported cases is conservative, because not every department contributes to the reports, she said.

"With 5.5 million people with the disease, and 70 percent wandering away at least once, you can do the math," she said. "Even [if] it is a 10-minute wandering episode versus a 10-day episode, you're still looking at potentially 3 million people who would be walking away any given year. It's huge."

For many families, a lack of education about the disease fuels the problem.

Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches has been conducted, all to no avail.

"We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father," Bryan said. "He was not always in a state of confusion. He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn't realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer's went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice."

With each day, the odds of finding any missing person decrease, but when the missing person suffers from an impairment, the odds are worse. Alzheimer's patients do not wander without an actual cause; very few have hallucinations. They typically are going somewhere, looking for something, and don't actually consider themselves lost, so they don't reach out for help. The environment also can play a pivotal role

"In Virginia, if an Alzheimer's patient is not found in 24 hours, about 46 percent are found dead. In Nova Scotia, the mortality rate is 70 percent. In parts of California, we've never recovered a live Alzheimer's patient after 24 hours," Kelly said.

And it's a problem that will continue to grow. Unless a cure is found, an estimated 16.5 million people will suffer from Alzheimer's by the year 2050.

"In the next 20 years, it's going to bloom because of the baby boomer population," said Amanda Burstein, project manager of Alzheimer's Initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "That, in tandem with people using alert system's, we'll be seeing it more and it will be happening more because there are more of us at risk for it."

Earlier in 2013, the Obama administration dedicated an additional $100 million within President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget to the fight against Alzheimer's. A "National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease" was also implemented. The goal is to prevent and effectively treat the disease by 2025.

The success of the president’s initiative is difficult to predict. In the interim, better education for the families of Alzheimer's patients and members of law enforcement could help curb the problem.

"If someone does go missing, you need to call 911 immediately," said Kallmyer. "It's not a situation where you wait 24 hours, because they are vulnerable and can't necessarily find their way home or take care of themselves. It's always an emergency."

Thirty-two states in the United States have some form of public notification system -- sometimes referred to as a Silver Alert -- to broadcast information about missing seniors with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other mental disabilities. The guidelines are governed on a state-by-state basis. The goal is to have an alert system in every state, but that has not been easy, according to Kelly, who said some of the opponents are members of abducted children's groups.

"They are afraid that equipment would be utilized for Silver Alerts and the [public's] attention would be diluted for Amber Alerts," she said. "The problem with that is that we're starting to see even more cases where you have an elderly grandparent who has custody of grandchildren. You see cases where grandma is going to take a baby for a walk and doesn't come back."

J. Todd Matthews, southeast regional director of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, which was created by the U.S. Department of Justice, said he is seeing an increase in general in missing persons cases.

Alzheimer's is a defining disease of a rapidly aging population and knowledge is key, he said.

"I think we will be very wise to put great thought into this issue as soon as possible," he said. "The population is growing and so will this issue without efforts to prevent it. Awareness is the first step. It's an investment in our own potential future. How would you want to be treated if it were you? It very well might be one day."

For more information on the disease or to learn how you can take steps to help prevent a loved one from wandering, call the Alzheimer's Association free 24-hour hotline at 800-272-3900.

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Focus turns to pond in search for missing woman

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Buckner, MO —By Kelly Evenson

The search for missing Buckner resident Hellen Cook resumed near Warsaw, Mo., Friday after some clothing items thought to be hers were found Thursday.

Family and friends spent much of Thursday searching for Cook. And while they found some clothing items thought to be Cooks, there is still no sign of the woman.

According to family members, two pairs of boots were found in a wooded area off a walking trail near Warsaw, Mo. They were mens sizes 3 and 3.5, which are Hellens size. Inside one of the pairs of boots, a bundle of twigs was found. They were bunched together so that they were aligned perfectly. Along with the twigs were several pieces of folded material. Both are evidence of something Hellen would do, relatives said. Near the boots was a scarf Hellen was thought to have been wearing when she disappeared, as well as a hat.

After those items were found, more than 300 volunteers continued searching the wooded area that surrounds a pond. A police dog was taken into a boat to search and a police helicopter flew over the area. However, there was still no sign of Cook.

Among the volunteers who helped search for Hellen were more than 150 Air Force members from Whiteman Air Force Base where one of Cooks sons works. Benton County planned to bring in a dive team to search the pond in case Hellen somehow fell into the water.

Cook, 72, was last seen July 13 at Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County, which is near Truman Lake. She was working in the yard on the familys property while her husband, Howard Cook, was finishing mowing. When Cook left to return the mower to the barn, Hellen was sitting on a porch swing. However, when he returned 15 to 20 minutes later, she was gone.

The police believe that Cook walked up the driveway and climbed over a gate, continuing to walk toward Missouri 7. Dogs tracked Hellen as far as Cold Springs Ave. and M-7, but then lost the trail. Investigators believe she might have gotten into a car at this point. An avid walker, family members believed Cook might have tried to walk back to her home in Buckner. Searches have also been conducted in the Blue Springs and Buckner area and fliers have been posted throughout Eastern Jackson County and much of the region to alert residents about the missing woman.

Complicating matters further is the fact that Cook suffers from Alzheimers and has been without her medication since she went missing. This will cause severe confusion and disorientation, impairing her ability to speak in complete sentences.

As part of the search effort, the family is continuing to use social media to get Hellens picture seen by as many people as possible. They are asking Facebook users to Share or create their own posts describing Cook and included a picture of her. Those Facebook users should then ask family and friends to share the post so that as many people as possible throughout the United States can receive the information.

So far, hundreds of people on Facebook have been posting words of encouragement for the family and are helping to spread the word. Posts such as My prayers are with the family that she is found safe, This must be pure agony for the family; praying for her safe return and Still praying are just some of the comments that have been left for family and friends.

Keep sharing Hellens picture and description on your walls, said the family on Facebook. We still dont know where she is for sure. Hellen may be in a different state. Thank you all.

Anyone who might have seen Hellen Cook or with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Benton County atrocities at 660-438-9555 or dial 911.


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Still no news on missing woman

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Posted Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:50 AM

Buckner, MO — It has been three weeks since Hellen Cook’s family has seen her. Although there have been many searches and even more leads, Hellen has still not been found. But her family and friends have not given up.

“We would like to thank you for your support in finding our grandma, Hellen Cook,” said her grandchildren on a post on the family’s Facebook page dedicated to finding Hellen. “We know she has Alzheimer’s but she still is toughest lady we have ever known. We strongly feel that she’s still alive and trying to find her way home.

Cook, 72, of Buckner, was last seen around 11:30 a.m. July 13 near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County, which is near Warsaw, Mo. Hellen was outside working in the yard at the family’s vacation home while her husband, Howard Cook, was mowing the yard. When Howard Finished mowing, he returned to the barn to put the equipment away. Hellen was sitting on a porch swing. When he returned 15 to 20 minutes later, she was gone. It appears Hellen walked up the driveway from the house and climbed over a gate blocking the road, toward Missouri 7. Dogs tracked Hellen as far as Cold Springs Avenue and Missouri 7, but then lost the trail.

Hellen Cook was wearing jean shorts, a light-colored T-shirt and tennis shoes when she was last seen. She is described as nearly 5-foot tall and 97 pounds with short brown or auburn hair.

Cook suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has been without her medication since she went missing. This will cause severe confusion and disorientation. She will likely not recognize her name, nor will she be able to speak in complete sentences.

No sightings have been confirmed beyond that initial four-mile walk. Early reports indicated that she might have gotten into a car when she got to the highway, since that is where the tracking dogs lost her scent. However, that vehicle has not been found. There have been several searches in both the Buckner/Blue Springs area as well as around Warsaw. Several of her personal belongings were found July 25 near a pond that was a few hundred yards off her scent trail. This included two pairs of boots that are Hellen’s size and a scarf. Inside one of the pairs of boots, a bundle of twigs was found. They were bunched together so that they were aligned perfectly. Along with the twigs were several pieces of folded material. Both are evidence of something Hellen would do, relatives said.

Five divers searched the pond July 27, but found no traces of Hellen. Investigators are uncertain if Hellen went to the area prior to making it to Missouri 7 or if she turned around when she got to the highway, followed the same path back and then became disorientated going to the pond instead of back home.

Since the pond was searched, rainy weather has slowed down the further search process. A team of search dogs has gone back and are working around the pond, looking for more clues. An equestrian search party is also coming back in with mules to assist.

In addition to the local searches, the family has created a national search using Facebook. Not only do they feel like this will help to get Hellen’s picture out to as many areas as possible, but they also want to highlight the plight of Alzheimer’s victims, preventing other families from going through the same type of thing. The Facebook page, set up just after Hellen went missing, now has more than 3,800 “Likes,” and Hellen’s Heroes, a campaign created to “share” Hellen’s picture, has supporters in almost every state in the country. In fact, a map illustrating where Hellen’s picture has been shared shows 18 states that have more than 100 shares.

“Thank you for your continued support,” said her family on the Hellen Cook Facebook page. “Hellen’s picture is being shared all over the nation, and we hope this will aid in her prompt return home.”

In honor of Hellen, a team is being organized for this fall’s Alzheimer’s walk. A Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Oct. 6 at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kan. To register, visit www.alzwalkkc.org. Click “Register” and then “Join a Team.” Type “Hellen’s Heroes” and register to walk with the group.

For more information on the effort to find Hellen Cook, visit the family’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FindHellenCook. Those who have information on Cook’s whereabouts or clues as to where she might have gone are asked to call the Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555.


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Crews begin draining pond where items of missing Warsaw, Mo., woman were found
Posted: 08/03/2013
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BENTON COUNTY, Mo. - On Saturday, crews began draining the pond where items thought to belong to missing Warsaw, Mo., woman Hellen Cook were found.

According to Hellen's daughter Terri Cook, the pond was to be drained sometime next week, but plans changed on Saturday. Authorities also plan to use search dogs to look for her.

On July 27, searchers found shoes, a scarf and a red Chiefs hat. Cook’s husband says the shoes were definitely hers and a neighbor says they last saw her wearing a red hat.

"We're still hopeful that she got into a truck with someone and they dropped her off in another state and we'll find her there," Terri said.

Cook went missing on July 13 and has not been seen or heard from since. Cook suffers from Alzheimer’s.

"We are hoping that we can find her. We hope that she is still with us, honestly. We hope that she's not in the pond, but whatever, whatever it is... we want our mother back," Hellen's daughter Darolyn Sagg said.


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Hellen Cook’s body believed to have been recovered

Posted on: 7:50 pm, August 11, 2013

BENTON COUNTY, Mo. — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office as well as members from the Missouri Region C Technical Rescue Team believe they found the remains of Hellen Cook on Sunday. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the remains were found in an area of initial interest near a lake where some of Cook’s clothing was found earlier in the search.

A positive identification is pending the results of a DNA test. Cook’s family has said that some items found with the remains did belong to Cook.

The release also stated the family’s gratitude for the many volunteers that assisted with the search with both their time and resources. Cook, 72, walked away from a family vacation home near Warsaw, Mo. on July 13, triggering a massive search for the woman who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.


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Remains believed to be those of missing 72-year-old woman

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Posted: 35 mins ago

BENTON COUNTY, MO. -- Remains found in Benton County are believed to be those of a 72-year-old Buckner woman missing for nearly a month.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the remains were found in an area of prior interest near a lake where personal items belonging to Hellen Cook were found.

The identity of the remains will be pending until a DNA test comparison is done.

Cook walked away from her Benton County home on July 13. She suffers from Alzheimers.

The family has positively identified items found with the remains as belonging to Cook.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Cook family would like to thank thehundreds of volunteers who gave their time and resources in the search for Hellen Cook.


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Remains definitely belonged to missing woman with Alzheimer's disease
The search for Hellen Cook lasted three weeks.

by Gene Hartley
6:07 p.m. CDT, August 14, 2013

WARSAW, Mo. -- Investigators positively identified some human remains as those of a 72-year-old woman who disappeared in mid-July.  Searchers found the remains in a pond near Warsaw last weekend.  Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen says foul play is not suspected in the death of Hellen Cook, who had Alzheimer's disease.

The sheriff says the identification was confirmed through dental records.

Cook was from Buckner, east of Independence in Jackson County.  She wandered away from her family's vacation property near Warsaw on July 13, setting off a massive search by friends and volunteers.


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Our condolences to all who love and miss Hellen.


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