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WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RACHEL COOKE

Rachel Cooke's Disappearance

WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RACHEL COOKE

January 10, 2021 (Williamson County, TX) – For nearly two decades, dedicated detectives from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), along with multiple assisting agencies, have been searching for Rachel Cooke, who went missing January 10, 2002, in Georgetown.

Today, on the anniversary of her disappearance, WCSO is seeking the public’s help and knowledge on a subject in connection to her missing case.

After investigating over 2,000 tips, and eliminating numerous individuals suspected to have been involved with Rachel’s disappearance, now WCSO is looking for a subject that was living in the Georgetown area in 2002 and has travelled to multiple cities throughout the state of Texas.

The subject is known to have been an associate of Rachel’s while she was in the Georgetown area. The subject is also known to be involved in the cattle/horse industry. WCSO believes they may have mentioned to an acquaintance the details pertaining to the disappearance of Rachel, likely speaking of the incident in third person and distancing himself from any actual involvement.

The Cooke family have gone nineteen years without closure, and it’s WCSO’s goal to bring Rachel back to her family and give them the peace they deserve. WCSO is requesting that media partners in Central Texas, Concho County Area, Amarillo, and Terlingua, please share this information with the public.

WCSO, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, is offering up to $100,000 for information leading to the location of Rachel Louise Cooke. If anyone has any information concerning Rachel or the person of interest, please call 512-948-2911 or the COLD CASE TIP LINE at 512-943-5204.

All tips will remain confidential and can be anonymous by submitting the tip online at tips.fbi.gov or [email protected]

Increase in burglary of vehicles in Williamson County

  • 8 October 2020
  • Author: bawassink
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Williamson County has seen an increase in burglary of vehicles across the county. This crime is by a coordinated organized criminal group. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has been working tirelessly to catch the criminals. You can help us prevent car burglaries. Your car is the most vulnerable when parked in your driveway. The majority of the victims report that their car doors were left unlocked or valuable items such as guns or electronics were left in plain view. Please help us get the word out about the importance of taking precautions. With an unlocked door or valuables in plain sight, a criminal can get what they want and be gone in a matter of seconds. Help the members of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office keep your community safe. Do your part by locking your doors, taking valuables with you, or making sure nothing is in plain sight, even in your driveways. Please report any suspicious activity to the department by calling 911. Suspicious activities include pulling on door handles, looking into windows, prowlers, lookouts, and suspicious behavior.

Sheriff’s Office makes changes to combat COVID-19

  • 18 March 2020
  • Author: bawassink
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Sheriff Chody’s commitment to the safety of the Williamson County community is steadfast. Sheriff Chody has ordered all available resources to be focused on addressing the immediate public safety needs of the community while confronting this Pandemic.

In response to the CDC’s recommendation and out of caution to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 Virus the following steps will be taken by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office until further notice. These are being set in place out of concern and respect for each of our community members. Sheriff Chody asks for your patience and understanding in hopes that we will be able to resume normal operations when it becomes safe again to do so.

Sheriff’s Office Operations/Patrol:

  • Emergency/Life-Threatening calls or “In Progress” calls for service will be handled in the same manner as always and will not change.
  • Non-Emergency/Routine calls for service will be handled over the telephone, if possible. If a deputy is required, our communications staff have been directed to ask if anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Deputies will try to maintain a “social distance” out of concern and respect for the community.
  • Fingerprinting services for civilians have been suspended until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy has been postponed until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Junior Academies for the summer are under review.
  • The Sheriff’s Self Defense Classes are postponed until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Community Services programs are postponed until further notice.
  • All volunteer services have been suspended until further notice.
  • All 68A (Vehicle Inspections) have been suspended until further notice.
  • Visitors coming into the Secure Area of the Sheriff’s Office will be restricted.
  • Community members are encouraged to call-in where possible instead of coming to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jail/Corrections:

  • Enhanced medical screening will continue for prisoners and will be extended to Peace Officers, Attorneys and all staff entering the facility
  • Medical Staff will assess all incoming arrestees specifically for COVID-19 in the Sally Port. If the arrestee is showing symptoms of the virus, the arresting officer will be redirected to take the arrestee to a hospital. The arrestee will not be accepted in the jail until he/she has been cleared by a doctor.
  • Pursuant to a recommendation from Texas Commission on Jail Standards, all face-to-face visits for inmates have been cancelled until further notice except for attorney visits.

Access to the Jail will be limited to persons with a legitimate law enforcement purpose.

Labor Day No Refusal Initiative

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming Labor Day holiday. This initiative will be in effect from August 31 – September 2. This initiative is an effort to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated and to encourage drivers to make responsible decisions. The WCSO recognizes the hazards and crashes that are attributed to driving under the influence on roadways within the county on specific holidays such as Labor Day. WCSO is focused on reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes and incidents during the holiday.

WCSO makes arrest on organized retail thefts

Earlier this month, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on a series of organized retail thefts. The investigation began after receiving a tip from H-E-B Loss Prevention. During the investigation, WCSO detectives were able to identify and link Christopher Lee Hill to fraudulent transactions conducted at four H-E-B locations in Williamson County. Hill used stolen credit and debit cards to purchase merchandise from H-E-B using the “H-E-B Go” phone application. The application is designed to pre-load full credit or debit card information. The customer, while shopping, can scan items as they pull them from shelves, then pay with the app and show the mobile receipt to the employee at the kiosk. Hill conducted a total of 102 fraudulent transactions totaling approximately $15,000.00. Twenty-five of the transactions have been disputed by account holders and charged back to H-E-B as fraudulent. On August 24, Hill was arrested and booked into the Williamson County Jail. Hill has been charged with Credit Card Abuse.

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