missing persons

A west-central Missouri pond is the focus of a continuing search for a woman who has been missing for more than three weeks.

Teams are draining the pond in Benton County this week in search for any clues in the disappearance of 72-year-old Hellen Cook. She was last seen July 13, when she walked away from a vacation home near Warsaw. She suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

The woman's shoes and scarf were found in late July near the pond.

Joyu Wang / KBIA

About 20 people gathered at the State Capitol on Saturday to remember their loved ones who are missing. These family members and friends of missing people came from all over the state to share stories to mark the annual Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness Day. Marianne Asher-Chapman is the mother of Angie Yarnell, who went missing 10 years ago. She said her daughter’s husband eventually claimed he killed her, but he never told where her body is.