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Rachel Cooke disappearance gets fresh look, 12 years later

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Friday marks 12 years since Rachel Cooke disappeared jogging in her Georgetown-area neighborhood. On this anniversary, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office announced some changes with the investigation.

Janet Cooke's daughter Rachel would've been 31-years-old today. She may have been married and had children. That's how Janet pictures her life.

"I kind of feel cheated," Cooke said. "She was a ball of energy, there weren't enough hours in the day and there were not enough pieces of her heart to give out."

Janet hasn't seen her daughter since January 10, 2002. Rachel was 19 back then visiting her family while on break from college.

"Rachel had both headphones of her Walkman on, she was jogging and it happened," Cooke said.

Rachel had gone for a morning run in the Northlake subdivision northwest of Georgetown. She was last seen between 11 and 11:30 a.m. along Neches Trail 200 yards from her parents' home.

Investigators followed up on countless leads through the years. One involved a confession from a convicted murderer which proved to be false.

Williamson County deputies say this case has never been considered cold and has never been put on the back burner. Further proving that point, on Friday, the 12th anniversary of Rachel's disappearance, the sheriff's office announced two new investigators are now on the case. The hopes are that a fresh set of eyes might discover a detail someone else may have missed.

"We spent the past three months going through recordings, reading case files, reading witness statements, canvass reports everything else, we are moving forward from that point pursuing leads that are viable," said Detective James Knutson.

Detective James Knutson says it is their full-time assignment. He says they are developing new leads daily and still receive tips.

Janet is just waiting for the right tip. She knows it's out there.

"It needs to end. To that person who has that information. I just can't imagine that it's not bothering you as much as it's bothering us. Let put a close to it," Cooke said.

There is a $50 thousand dollar reward for any tips leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information about Rachel's disappearance call the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at 512-943-1300 or Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-7867.

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