Terri Cook, the daughter of a 72-year-old Buckner woman with Alzheimer’s who has been missing since July 13, said Sunday that she believes police may know more about the disappearance of her mother than they’re willing to say.
On Saturday, authorities began draining a pond near a spot where items belonging to Hellen Cook were found last month.
“We think they may have some information that they are not sharing with us,” Terri Cook said. “But we’re not angry about that. We think they’re trying to shelter us. But they’re justso
focused on that pond. They might have seen footprints heading in there. We just don’t know.”
Hellen Cook’s shoes, scarf and boots were found near the pond in Benton County last month. Recently five expert divers searched the pond and crews dragged it, but they found nothing. This weekend crews are using three large diesel pumps began draining the four- to six-acre pond, which is 14 feet deep. The pond had to be drained anyway to fix a leaking dam, but authorities asked that it be drained sooner.
The process could take up to a week.
Hellen Cook has difficulty communicating and has been without her medicine. Terri Cook said she doesn’t believe her mother would have wandered into the water by accident.
“She was scared of the water,” she said. “And she didn’t swim well.”
Search efforts will continue this week.
“We still have dogs looking in the woods,” Terri Cook said.
Members of Hellen Cook’s family are trying to spread word of her disappearance across the country onFacebook
Terri Cook believes her mother may have gotten into a car and could be safe but confused in another state.
“We just hope she’s somewhere, in Missouri or Texas, and that we will get a call one day and she will come home to us,” Terri Cook said. “We’re still hopeful.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Department at 660-438-9555.