Hellen Cook

A search team located a woman’s remains in Benton County on Sunday. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Sheriff Rick Fajen:

Rick Fajen

Search teams have been targeting this area for some time. “The dog located what we believe to be the remains of Hellen Cook,” said Fajen, “Family members identified some personal items that were found with the remains as those of Hellen’s, and we believe it to be her.” She was found near a Benton County lake.

They are waiting for positive identification. “The coroner’s office has taken the remains to Columbia, and the DNA samples are in the Jefferson City lab, so they are in the process of trying to confirm through DNA testing a match to get the positive identification,” said Fajen.

Hellen Cook, 72, disappeared from a Warsaw home on July 13th, 2013. She suffered from Alzheimer’s, and was thought to be heading back to her Buckner home.

Press Release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Department

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Missouri Region C Technical Rescue Team believe they have recovered the remains of Hellen Cook a missing 72 year old Buckner resident. The remains were found in the area of initial interest located near the lake that the personal items identified as Hellen Cooks were found. The identity of the remains will be pending until a DNA test comparison is completed. Hellen Cook was suffering from Alzheimers at the time she walked away form her Benton county property on July 13, 2013. The family has positively identified items found with the remains as those belonging to Hellen cook. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Cook family would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who volunteered their time and resources in the search for Hellen Cook and bring some type of closure to the family.