The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Rachel Cooke’s family are holding a remembrance ceremony for her 16th anniversary of her disappearance on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown High School campus, 221 N. Austin Ave. at the tree planted in her memory.
Rachel Louise Cooke was visiting her parents’ home in Georgetown while on winter break from San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, California. Her family has not seen her since the early morning of January 10, 2002, when her mother left for work.
Authorities believe Rachel left her family’s residence at approximately 9:30 a.m. for her daily four-mile run. She was last seen walking towards her residence from approximately 200 yards away. She was wearing a gray running outfit, green sports bra, Asics running shoes and a yellow Walkman with sports-style headphones.
At the time of her disappearance, Rachel’s height was 5’3,” and she weighed 115 lbs. The Caucasian woman has blue/hazel eyes and blonde hair with high/low lights. She has two heart-shaped cherries tattooed on her left foot near her pinky toe, multiple ear piercing and a naval piercing.
“Another year that Rachel is away from home and another year that her family has to endure the pain of not knowing what happened to Rachel. We are committed to utilizing all the resources available to bring Rachel home,” stated Sheriff Chody.
FBI San Antonio, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Austin Resident Agency Office, John W. Scata and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, are still offering a reward for information leading to the location of Rachel Louise Cooke. A reward of up to $50,000 is available for information leading to her location.