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Body Believed to Be Missing Benton County Woman Recovered

Hellen Cook
Pettis County Sheriff’s Department

WARSAW, Mo. (AP) — Benton County authorities say they believe a body recovered near a pond is that of a 72-year-old Missouri woman who has been missing since mid-July.

Searchers found the remains Sunday near Warsaw where searchers had earlier found clothing belonging to Hellen Cook, who wandered away from her family’s home near Truman Lake on July 13. Cook suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Authorities will conduct DNA tests to positively identify the remains.

Hellen Cook’s daughter, Terri Cook, said in a statement Sunday night that the family thanked everyone for their help during a month-long search for her mother.

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