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Rachel Cooke goes missing while jogging in Texas in 2002

Rachel Cooke

Missing Person Texas Rachel Cooke

April 14, 2018 – Authorities recovered a white Trans Am from the Dallas area after receiving a tip.  Wilco Sheriff Robert Chody said the sports car is tied to three to four persons of interest, but didn’t name who they were.  Hopefully, the DNA analysts will find forensic evidence.  Witnesses reported seeing the car traveling on Navajo Trail and turning south on Neches Trail that day, about 100 yards from Cooke’s home.  The car that was impounded is believed to be the same car.

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Rachel Cooke went missing in Georgetown, Texas on Jan. 10, 2002.    She was last seen about 200 yards from her home on Niches Trail near Navajo Trail around 11 a.m.  A neighbor saw Rachel walk past their driveway around that time.

New attention brought to the case in 2017

Sheriff Chody took office in January from Sheriff Maspero, and started a new cold case team to help solve this case.

In November 2017, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Dept. began placing paid ads on Facebook about missing Rachel.

A former deputy, John Foster came forward in September 2017 criticizing Sheriff Maspero.  He stated he felt that Sheriff Maspero was slow to search for Cooke. He also stated that Maspero did not let them questioned the Cooke family about Rachel’s disappearance, reports KXAN.

A $50,000 reward matched by an additional $50,000 from her family, increased the total reward for $100,000 on Sept. 29, 2017.


Search for body

In June, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about possible human remains buried on the property at 221 Chaparral Dr. in Liberty Hill but nothing was found after a thorough search.

In 2011, KXAN interviewed  Equusearch founder Tim Miller, who also blamed Sheriff Maspero.

“I think Maspero from the very beginning dropped the ball,” Miller.

According to, witnesses told authorities that an unidentified man was driving a late-model white or blue Chevrolet Camaro or Pontiac Trans Am in the area.  Another account stated there was more than one man in the car and there were two men inside the vehicle.

Michael Keith Moore was convicted of killing Christina Moore of Round Rock in 2003.  He told police he also killed Rachel Cooke but he changed his story later.  Although the police stated he told them things only the killer would know, Rachel’s father is not sure if Moore committed the crime or not.

Contact 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at if you have any information about Rachel’s whereabouts.


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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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