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Posted - 11/23/2008 06:00pm
Search Continues for David Cook, Missing Since Wednesday
Search Continues for David Cook, Missing Since Wednesday

Last Edited: Sunday, 23 Nov 2008, 5:21 PM CST
Created: Friday, 21 Nov 2008, 3:12 PM CST
David Cook, 55, has been missing since Nov. 19, 2008, from Bates County, Missouri.

AMSTERDAM, Mo. -- The search continues for a Southwest Missouri man who family members say just vanished into thin air. Since last Wednesday, no one has seen or heard from 55-year-old David Cook of Amsterdam, Mo.

A search party gathered on Sunday in Bates County to search for the missing man friends call a "good ol' boy." They arrived on horseback, on four wheelers, and on foot.

One of them was David Cook's girlfriend. She said since David went missing from his home on Wednesday, she's been living a nightmare.

"It's one of those things where your heart breaks when you see someone else on TV," she said. "You're so thankful for those you love that are safe and then one morning you wake up, you see your loved one on the news."

For now, the news is not good. Members of David Cook's family said they suspect foul play. They said it's just not in David's nature to leave without a trace. Cook's wallet and cars were at his home, but there was no sign of forced entry or foul play. His phone was last used on Tuesday. Police said they're not sure where to start looking.

"He's always been to work on time," one person said. "He calls in if he's gonna miss, be sick, and all of a sudden...gone!"

Nearly 100 people joined in the search on Sunday, a search that covered the nearly 5,000 acres of thick brush on the Sterling Ranch that David Cook manages. What's more, the reward money has increased to $50,000. For now, though, life goes on at the ranch, but all are hoping that once the dust settles, they'll be able to bring David Cook home.

Bob Stepanich, FOX 4 News