Episode 064 - The Disappearance of Rachel Cooke
Nineteen year old Rachel Cooke had been attending college in San Diego. There, she met and fell in love with a man with whom she hoped to create a brilliant and beautiful future. Rachel was pursuing a career in fashion, and she had completely fallen in love with California, which was entirely different from her small hometown of Georgetown, Texas.
In December of 2001, Rachel returned home for the holidays. Her boyfriend came along, though he would return back to California before New Years. He had work to attend to, and the two of them had recently decided to move in together in the new year. Rachel decided to stay in Georgetown a little longer, so she could attend her cousin’s wedding. Everything was going well, until the morning of January 10th, 2002.
Rachel went out for her usual morning run, but she never came home. When her parents realized she was missing, the Sheriff’s department was contacted. Despite exhaustive searches, media coverage and endless missing person’s fliers, Rachel was nowhere to be found. Over the course of the next sixteen years, multiple eyewitnesses would come forward telling different stories, including a confession, later recanted by a convicted killer.
What happened to Rachel Cooke and who is responsible for this atrocious crime? Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines this heartbreaking and baffling case.
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