Joan Renee Cook

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Above Images: Cook, circa 2010


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.
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    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.


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


    Source Information
    Virginia State Police
    The Roanoke Times
    Project Jason
    WDBJ 7
    America's Most Wanted


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 25, 2010; casefile added.

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