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Posted - 11/19/2009 06:00pm
Family Marks Anniversary Of Man's Disappearance
KMBC's Martin Augustine talks with the sister of David Cook, a Bates County man who has been missing for a year.

Family Marks Anniversary Of Man's Disappearance

David Cook Disappeared From Bates County Home

POSTED: 8:42 pm CST November 19, 2009
UPDATED: 11:11 pm CST November 19, 2009

It has been a year since David Cook disappeared from his Bates County home.

Missouri Highway Patrol troopers said there are few clues about what happened to him.Judy Transue, Cook's sister, said she knew her brother was in trouble on Nov. 19, 2008, because he wouldn't answer his cell phone."David was always available on his phone -- didn't matter what he was doing. If he was working cattle, he would answer his phone," Transue told KMBC's Martin Augustine. Transue said if her brother had been hurt on his ranch, he would have tried calling someone.But for a year, she hasn't heard anything from him.Since then, Transue has been compiling a collection of photographs and accounts of her brother's disappearance in hopes that someone will remember a clue."There's times, you know, you might have a little bit of hope that things might resolve themselves," Transue said.It's believed Cook had been in his home on his ranch. His money clip, glasses, a cap and his cell phone are also gone, as if he'd gone somewhere. However, his two pickup trucks were found parked in the usual spots on the ranch.It's a mystery, but Transue said she understands the odds of him being found alive."He's dead. I'm certain of that … We've accepted that he's gone," Transue said. "The part we don't know, the unknown part, is what happened to him and who did this. That's the hard part."Transue and her six siblings are hoping for more tips. There is a $100,000 reward for information in the case.Anyone with information can call the Missouri Highway Patrol at 816-822-0800 or the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hot Line at 816-474-TIPS.

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