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Eyewitness possibly saw missing woman get in Ford pickup

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Hellen E. Cook was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County. Hellen E. Cook was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Hopes were dashed Wednesday afternoon for the family of a missing 72-year-old woman, when surveillance video didn't give them the break through they wanted.

However, authorities have released new information on a vehicle that Hellen E. Cook, who suffers from Alzheimer's, possibly got into over the weekend. Hellen Cook has been missing since late Saturday morning, and has had her medication since then.

Hellen E. Cook was last seen about 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Walnut Grove and Hensley Road in Benton County. This is just southwest of Warsaw in Benton County.

Eleven police canines indicate that Hellen Cook walked to the intersection of Cold Springs Avenue and Highway 7, authorities say. The dogs lose the scent at that point, indicating that she got into a vehicle.

An eyewitness reported seeing someone matching Hellen Cook's description get into a newer model black Ford F-150 about four miles south of Lincoln on U.S. 65. This occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday, which was less than four hours after she was last seen.

A family member said someone may have seen Hellen Cook at the QuickTrip near West 72nd Street and Wornall Road in Waldo on Monday.

Police and the family reviewed surveillance video Wednesday afternoon, but it was only inside the convenience store. The woman matching Hellen Cook's description was spotted outside, and never came inside.

Family members are planning a search of their own Saturday.

They are asking volunteers to come to the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church from 8 to 10 a.m. They will be having staggered starts during the two-hour window.

Hellen Cook and her husband, Howard, live in Buckner, but have the vacation home in Benton County. She has wandered away several times in recent weeks, and has found her way to Blue Springs.

"I'm asking you: Please don't judge. If you talk to her and she's obviously disoriented, please call police. That could be my mother or someone else's mother," her daughter, Terri Cook, pleaded on Tuesday.

Authorities said she will likely not recognize her name, nor will she be able to speak in complete sentences.

Her family is desperately worried, knowing that she is confused and disoriented. She may have been without food, water and shelter this entire time. She is physically fit and walks up to seven miles daily.

Hellen Cook is described as 5' tall and 97 pounds with hazel eyes, and short brown or auburn hair. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a white T-shirt and tennis shoes. She was also carrying an extra pair of boots, and a walking stick.

Anyone with information is asked to call Benton County authorities at 660-438-9555.

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