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Posted - 11/21/2008 06:00pm
Search On For Missing Missouri Man
Search On For Missing Missouri Man

Family, Friends Put Up $20,000 To Find Man

POSTED: 12:32 pm CST November 21, 2008
UPDATED: 5:26 pm CST November 21, 2008

AMSTERDAM, Mo. -- The search is on for a man who hasn't been heard from his days, and his family and friends put up a significant reward on Friday to get him home safely.

At David Cook's house, his red pickup is sitting in front of the door. All of his vehicles are at his home. His wallet is inside his house, so his family and friends fear someone has kidnapped him.

Cook, 55, is well known in his small Bates County community. He is the caretaker of a 5,000-acre ranch near Amsterdam. In addition, he also works at the nearby LaCygne power plant.

Cook hasn't been seen or heard from Wednesday morning.

The last person who saw Cook said he told them he was going to meet someone, so that is why his family and friends suspect foul play in his disappearance, said Kelly Sherman, Cook's friend and co-worker.

Kelly Fritts, another friend, went out looking for Cook Friday with some of Cook's other friends and his bloodhound. There is no way Cook would go off on his own, Fritts said, because he is too reliable.

Cook's sister, Judy Transue, said she talked with her brother Sunday morning. He had just returned from hunting. Cook's an avid outdoors' man. She too said he wouldn't have left on his own. Cook is happy, loves what he does and has lots of friends and no reason to leave, Transue said.

Cook's friends distributed a flyer in his hometown. They, along with his family, are offering a $20,000 reward for information that can help solve the case. They urged anyone with any information about his whereabouts to call. the Bates County Sheriff's office at 660-679-3232.