Frustration mounts for family of missing Warsaw, Mo., woman

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Tips come in every day from all over Kansas City but there is still no sign of missing Alzheimer's patient Hellen Cook.

Six days in, the Cook family's nerves are raw. Her daughter, Terri Cook, has spent the last six days organizing an extraordinary effort but is struggling not to panic.

"Is she laying in a ditch? Is she laying in the woods?" Terri said.

They have spanned more than a hundred miles, covering every inch with Hellen Cook's face but still no sign of Hellen.

Law enforcement must sense it, too as highway patrol investigators stepped in Friday morning. Hellen's husband Howard answered their tough questions for two hours.

"It was hard at times. But anything to get her back is fine," he said.

Hellen and Howard got married over 50 years ago. Hellen's nursing career flourished and Warsaw, Mo., was their retreat. But in the moments it took Howard to put away the lawn mower, it became the last place he saw her. Now the days are adding up.

"It is just like somebody has torn my heart out," Howard said, "I can't do anything about it."

What this family can do they have already done. They are pasting posters from Warsaw to Blue Springs.

For those who don't believe she could make it that far, her family insists the 72-year-old sometimes walked more than 20 miles a day.

"That little gal is tough," Howard said.

Now, it is a race against the clock. After days of searching, law enforcement won't search again without a lead.

Her family is now desperate.

"It is becoming an emergency to find Hellen," Howard said, "We just need to get relief, we need to find her. It has been a week now!"

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