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Posted - 11/19/2009 06:00pm
Family of Missing Bates Co. Man Not Giving Up

Family of Missing Bates Co. Man Not Giving Up

AMSTERDAM, Mo. - David Cook was last seen on Nov. 18 2008 at the Kansas City Power & Light plant in LaCygne, Kan.  He worked there for 33 years.

When the 55-year-old didn't turn up to a meeting on his ranch in Bates County the next morning, his friends and family started to worry.  Cook lived and worked on Sterling Ranch.  His glasses, cell phone and money clip were found inside his home.  He was nowhere to be found.

Just days after Cook went missing, about 100 people from the community organized a search around his ranch.  Some walked, others rode on ATVs or horses.  There are 10,000 acres of land around his ranch and 30 to 40 bodies of water including lakes and mining pits.

This summer, another search, using underwater cameras and sonar equipment turned up nothing.

The Missouri State Highway Patrols' Division of Drug and Crime Control is now heading up the case. 

Cook's family doesn't think he would leave on his own.  They believe someone is behind his disappearance.  They are offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

Information can be directed to (816) 622-0800.

Cook's case will be featured on America's Most Wanted on Dec. 12.