This weekend marked 14-years since a Georgetown-area teen disappeared while visiting home from college. Her mother said she hasn't given up hope that she will find out what happened to her daughter. “I ain't giving up, and I pray to the lord that all of you are going to hang in there with me,” said Janet Cooke to friends and family who gathered for a remembrance of her daughter Rachel Cooke.
The gathering was held at Georgetown High School, on the anniversary of Rachel's disappearance at the memorial tree planted in her honor.
19-year-old Rachel disappeared on January 10th, 2002. She went for a morning run in the Northlake subdivision, Northwest of Georgetown. It was between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. she was last seen, just 200 yards away from her parents' home. “I know as much today, as I knew then, that's not right, that shouldn't be so. We want closure. It can even come in pieces, no matter, no matter how small the piece, just something,” said Janet.
“We don't know what happened exactly, don't know really what to think, so it's an incredibly difficult thing to not really know what happened,” said Virginia Coindreu one of Rachel’s best friends. Being a mom now Virginia said she knows those are things Rachel would have wanted. “It makes me want to cry how sad it is that she didn't get to experience those kinds of things. It's hard for her mom to see us grow up too, and not be able to see her own daughter do those own things. I just can't even imagine,” she said.
Janet said she is continuing to work with detectives to find out the truth behind Rachel's disappearance. ”Things are a little frustrating for them right now because the leads have slowed down. They are working on something, but we need to get more information out there,” she said. “Whoever knows information, it's got to be eating at them, and let's just turn it loose, let’s let it be over.”
If you have any information about Rachel's disappearance you're asked to call the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.