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Posted - 01/30/2009 06:00pm
Missing Man's Family To Auction His Things
Missing Man's Family To Auction His Things

Family Fears Bates County Man Won't Need Farm Equipment

POSTED: 6:46 pm CST January 30, 2009
UPDATED: 7:05 pm CST January 30, 2009

PASSAIC, Mo. -- A man vanished without a trace and hasn't been seen for two months, and his family has to auction off his things.They're selling David Cook's farm equipment that his family fears he'll never need again.The auction is Saturday at the MO/KAN sale barn in Passaic. Jim Hertzog will be the auctioneer."It's really pretty tough," Hertzog said. "Dave was truly a gentleman and a very good friend of ours." Cook was the caretaker on an Amsterdam, Mo., ranch. He also worked at the KCP&L Power Plant at LaCygne, Kan.On the morning of Nov. 19, Cook told a friend he had an appointment to meet someone. He hasn't been heard from since.When family and friends went to his house, his pickup truck was sitting in the driveway and his wallet was inside the house. The only things missing were his cell phone and glasses.They immediately began searching the large rural area around the house without success. From the beginning, his family has suspected foul play. They said he's not the kind to disappear on his own."He had no reason to. He had a lot going for him," said Judy Transue, his sister.Transue said he has a daughter in college and lots of friends. He loved caring for the animals, including cattle and buffalo, on the large range where he worked."He would walk up to them and feed them. He took great pride in that, of how he tamed them and how he could get them to do that," Transue said.She holds out a glimmer of hope her brother is still alive, but she would really like to know what happened to him."Your mind wanders about every day," Transue said. "Could it have been this, could it have been that? Could he be here, could he be there? What happened?"Cook's family and friends are so anxious for this mystery to be solved they are offering an $80,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.They urged anyone with any information to call the Bates County Sheriff's Department or the Missouri Highway Patrol.