In Depth Coverage
Rachel Cooke Disappearance
Jan. 10, 2002
19-year-old Rachel Cooke, home from college, disappears while jogging near her parents house in the Northlake subdivision near Georgetown. A massive search ensued with hundreds of volunteers. But nothing was found.
Investigators released a sketch of a man seen near the area. But it did not produce a break in the case.
The Williamson County Sheriffs Office created a special task force which also included members of the Georgetown Police Department, the Texas Rangers and FBI to work the case.
Jan. 10, 2003
On the one year anniversary of Cookes disappearance, family and friends planted a live oak tree at Georgetown High School.
Psychic medium James Van Praagh came to Georgetown and interviewed those involved looking for clues in the case.
Michael Keith Moore confessed to killing Cooke. He said he hit her head with a hammer then dumped her body in the Gulf of Mexico. He agreed to plead guilty then backed out of the deal at the last minute. Moore was already in prison for the 2003 murder of Christina Moore in her Round Rock home. The Williamson County District Attorney dropped the charges again saying at the time he planned to file them again.