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Authorities give new details about car possibly connected to Rachel Cooke's disappearance

At the time of her disappearance, Rachel was 5’3, and weighed 115 lbs. She has two heart-shaped cherries tattooed on her left foot. (Courtesy: Cooke's Family)

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody hosted a press conference Friday morning to give an update on the the investigation into the search for Rachel Louise Cooke, who went missing in 2002.

Yesterday they found a vehicle linked to her disappearance, according the sheriff's office.

The vehicle is a Pontiac Trans Am and it was found in the Dallas-area. The owner of the vehicle wasn't named.

“This is one piece of evidence that may or may not break the case,” said Chody at the press conference. “We will not go away- those responsible for disappearance of Rachel Cooke need to take note”.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said, “this is the first time that we actually have a piece of tangible evidence” in the Rachel Cooke case.


Investigators put the car in a garage at the Williamson County Impound Yard in Georgetown, where the press conference was held.

The vehicle is possibly tied to 3 or 4 persons of interest in Cooke's case, said Sheriff Robert Chody.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available for information leading to her location. Her family has already offered a $50,000 reward for information.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800 CALL FBI or submit a tip online.

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