The Disappearance Of

Joan Renee Cook

& The 124 Trio

Presented By

Bonnie M. Wells

News Clips:

By Jordan Fifer | The Roanoke Times

Roanoke County officials are asking for the public's help locating a woman who was last seen in January.

Joan Renee Cook, 45, left her home in Roanoke County the evening of Jan. 24, according to Roanoke County detective J.D. Clark. She was reported missing Jan. 31.

Clark said the adult woman was last seen wearing a red sweater, blue jeans, Timberland shoes and a black jacket. Cook is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.

Clark said Cook was reported to have left her home on foot, noting that "there is no known vehicle information."

Anyone with information is asked to call 540-777-8636.

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A rainy, cold winter night doesn't make for ideal walking conditions, but it was that kind of evening when Joan Renee Cook left on foot for a friendís house, never to be seen again.

The 45-year-old mother -- married for 22 years -- walked away from her Salem, Va., home at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2010. The temperatures dipped in to the low 40s that night as rain showered Roanoke County.

"It was very evident that she loved her 7-year-old daughter immensely," says Detective Andrea Morris of the Roanoke County Sheriff's Department. "Why hasn't she contacted her daughter?"

Officials tell AMW that Joan left her home with her wallet, house keys and a duffle bag containing clothes and cosmetics. She does not have driver's license, according to police.

Cops say Joan was on her way to a friend's house and that her friend was out of town. Police say there's no evidence indicating whether Joan made it to her friend's house alive. That friend has been fully cooperative with law enforcement's efforts to locate her.

Adding to the mystery: Her cell phone has not been used since she disappeared, and police tell AMW her bank accounts are untouched.

Investigators: "We don't know what to suspect."

Missing Mom Has 2 Distinctive Tattoos

Joan was last seen wearing a red sweater, blue jeans, a black jacket and Timberland boots.

She stands at 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds.

Joan also has two distinctive tattoos that should make her easier to find. The first is a frog which she has inked on the middle of her lower back. The second is a "bracelet" of flowers that encircles one of her ankles.

"We don't know what to suspect; we don't know if she was just trying to get away or what," says Detective Morris.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joan Renee Cook, you need to call our Hotline immediately at 1-800-CRIME-TV.

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: January 24, 2010

from Salem, Virginia

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: February 2, 1965

Age: 44 years old

Height and Weight: 5'6, 120 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Cook may go by her middle name, Renee, or the nickname Renny. She has a tattoo of a frog on the small of her back and a tattoo of a flower bracelet on her ankle, and her ears are pierced. Cook's pinky fingers are both bent inward at the last joint.

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black jacket, a red sweater, blue jeans, low-top Timberland shoes, a gold ring with her initials "JRC" on her right hand and a gold watch on her left arm.

Medical Conditions: Cook had been taking anti-depressant medication for years prior to her disappearance.

Details of Disappearance

Cook was last seen walking away from her home on Elderwood Road in Salem, Virginia at 11:00 p.m. on January 24, 2010. She was en route to a friend's house, but the friend wasn't home at the time and it's unclear whether Cook ever arrived there. The last contact with her was a cellular phone text message sent six hours later, at 5:00 a.m. on January 26. At the time, she was at the third Salem exit southbound on Interstate-81. She has never been heard from again. She wasn't reported missing until January 31.

Cook had been married for 22 years by the time she went missing. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and abandon her young daughter. She was carrying a purse, wallet, house keys, a green duffel bag containing clothes and makeup, and a beige toiletries bag at the time of her disappearance. Since she went missing, her cellular phone and bank accounts have not been used. Her case remains unsolved.

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Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Roanoke County Police Department

Map Research

Roanoke, Va to Andrews, SC - 346 miles:

Roanoke, VA to Bassett, VA - 46 miles:

Salem, VA to Risco, Missouri - 661 miles:

Andrews, South Carolina to Conway, South Carolina - 54 miles: 66 miles taking Rt. 17:

Front Royal, VA to Bassett, VA - 220 miles // to Salem, VA - 277 miles:

Victim Identification Characteristics And Patterns By Bonnie M. Wells

Trio ID: 124

124 Trio Ages: 28; 35; 44

124 Theme: Birthday - Going To / At Home / Leaving From:

124 Trio Hair Color Occurance: blonde, dark, dark

Status: All 3 Missing

124 Trio Sequence: Forward

124 Trio Completion: 5 years

Circumstances: 1 walking toward home: 1 walking away from home: 1 at home:

Unusual Common Denominators: Soles Nickname - Frog / Cooke had tattoo of a - Frog / 'frog' connection, if any to Butler, - unknown:

Virginia Trio: Gordon 98 / Short 04 / Cook 10:

Trio Completion: 12 years @ 6 yr. intervals:

The 124 Trio:

Crystal Gail Soles // Teresa Lynn Butler // Joan Renee Cook

DOB: 11*10*76DOB: 11*26*70 DOB: 2*2*65

Crystal Gail Soles disappeared on 1-24-05 from Andrews, South Carolina. She remains missing, and her case remains unsolved.

Teresa Lynn Butler was abducted from her home in Risco, Missouri on 1-24-06. She remains missing, and her case remains unsolved.

Comments From Bonnie M. Wells

I learned of Joan Cook's case on September 29, 2010.

I do have a suspect, and will furnish full information to law enforcement. Contact me via email. Include department information; name and phone number for verification:


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