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3 missing women found alive gives hope for other parents

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The discovery of the Cleveland women is giving hope to families who are still waiting on their children to be found. The timing could have not been better for Rachel Cooke's mom in Georgetown.

"It's like that little flame of hope just went whoosh."

Hope is what keeps Janet Cooke going.

"I called the sheriff's department. He tried to call me and I tried to call him," Cooke said.

Her daughter Rachel disappeared while jogging in Georgetown in 2002. Williamson County investigators are still actively working the case.

"People have told me 'oh, she's gone. Get over it.' Hey, guess what ten years these girls get to go home."

Cooke has attended conferences over the years with parents in her same situation. She believes she met Michelle Knight's family. She says she wishes she could pick up the phone and share her joy.

"What better Mother's Day gift for all of us mothers of the missing then to have this happen," Cooke said. 'It hurts, but at the same time it's good. I would love that its closure and it hurts that it wasn't me. I'm ecstatic for those families."

Cooke is especially thankful for the neighbor who heard one of the women screaming and went to her aid.

"If you hear a girl screaming, report it. If you see a neighbor doing something that's not quite making sense, report it. Let them check it out. If could be something, but by the same token, don't live in fear. Don't give those people that power."

According to the Texas DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse, there are 735 unsolved cases. To view, click on the link below.


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