A Central Texas family is still searching for answers in the disappearance of their daughter. This Friday would be the 31st birthday of Rachel Cooke. She hasn't been seen since she went for a jog in January of 2002.
A mother's heart is only as strong as the safety and well-being of her children. Janet Cooke's heart has been through a lot.
"We're still waiting sooner or later there's gonna be closure of some sort. I know it in my heart," Janet Cooke said.
Cooke's daughter Rachel went for a run on January 10, 2002. She is believed to have disappeared within 400 feet of her home in the North Lake area of Georgetown. She was 19. No evidence of a crime was ever found, but Cooke knew something bad happened.
"I guess it was five days after she was taken. Just in the middle of the night, a sleepless one as most have been. I just had this feeling that she's gone now. I can't explain it and I hope I'm wrong," Cooke said.
Ever since, the Cooke family has fought for answers. Cooke still talks with the lead investigator with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office twice a week.
"I still cry. I still laugh. I'm a lot older now, but the intensity in my heart hasn't changed. I'd search the whole world to bring her home," she said.
Cooke has battled kidney and skin cancer. Rachel's father has also had his share of health problems. With the lows, also come the highs. Cooke referred to the recent break in the 1991 murder case of Vicki Lynn Nisbett. A body was never found. But in March, a Williamson County grand jury indicted Nisbett's estranged husband Rex of murder.
"It's like a bright flaming candle saying keep it up, don't stop," she said.
Cooke has waited long enough.
"Somebody out there knows something. Please let it be time. Let it be over. It needs to close. We need closure. I can't imagine that somebody doesn't know the right information. And at this point, they need to go ahead and let the other shoe drop," Cooke said.