Friends and family of Hellen Cook wrap up Thursday night search

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Friends and family wrapped up another search for 72-year-old Hellen Cook on Thursday night in Blue Springs, Mo., more than 100 miles from where she disappeared in Warsaw, Mo.

Her daughter Terri Cook said her mother would go on a seven mile walk everyday and sometimes forgot she already walked that day, walking up to three times in one day.

Hellen is said to have regularly worked out in the yard during hot days, so the family feels it's definitely possible that she could walk this far without a problem.

On Thursday night, about 30 of Helen's family, friends and church members wrapped up an extensive search and set up a map board to help coordinate which areas have been searched.

One of Hellen's sons passed away in 2009 on July 12 and Hellen was last seen on July 13. The family is not sure if that triggered her to walk off, but it's an idea the family is keeping in the back of their mind.

With each passing day, their worries grow stronger and staying positive is becoming a challenge.

"My biggest worry is that she may be sleeping somewhere in the heat of the day when we're all out here looking and walking at night. There's danger in walking at night, and nobody sees you when you're walking in the dark," Terri said.

Although Friday's search did not result in any new tips or leads, the search will continue tomorrow.

They've passed out more than 6,000 fliers are more are being printed.

On Friday is a prayer vigil will be held in Blue Springs, Mo.

The family says its largest vigil is being organized for Saturday morning.

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