GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — “I ain’t giving up.”
It’s the 14th year of staying strong. Janet Cooke is back at her daughter’s memorial tree next to Georgetown High School, flowers and balloons in hand.
“It’s important to keep the story out there, because we don’t have closure yet,” says Janet.
Nineteen-year-old Rachel Cooke disappeared in January of 2002 while jogging near her parents’ home in rural Georgetown. It’s clear she won’t be forgotten. Dozens of people showed up to her memorial, sharing memories of Rachel.
“We would play fox and the hound,” says one attendee.
“It feels the same, it feels like it just happened.”
It’s been nearly six years since Sandra Soto’s daughter, Julie Ann Gonzalez disappeared. Julie’s estranged husband was sentenced to life in prison for her murder. Her body has never been found.
“Not knowing is the hardest part, just not knowing and not being able to plan a funeral,” says Sandra.
It was hard enough losing their daughters. Now all these women ask is that they’re found, so they can have closure.
“These mothers who have their children missing, and don’t have answers,” says Sandra, “There are other people out there who understand your pain, you’re not alone.”
They’re certainly not, and these families won’t let go of the memories, or the search for their loved ones.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says they’re still looking into leads on Rachel’s disappearance. The family still has a $50,000 reward to whomever helps them find her.