Rachel Cooke, right, disappeared in January 2002 while jogging near her family’s home in Georgetown, Texas.
A car that was restored was earlier this year linked to a Texas woman who disappeared in 2002 while jogging near her parents ‘ home has tested positive for the “possible presence of blood,” officials said Wednesday.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said preliminary tests indicate the possible presence of blood on an item in the front passenger seat is wooden and the door of the white 1998 Pontiac Trans Am.
“Further research is being conducted at this time,” the sheriff’s office said. “The full details will not be released to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
The Pontiac sedan was restored in Dallas, in April, and officials hoped that the vehicle would help in solving the case of Rachel Cooke, who vanished 16 years ago.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said that preliminary tests indicate the possible presence of blood on an item in the front passenger seat is wooden and the door of the white 1998 Pontiac Trans Am.
“This is a proof that may or may not break the case,” Sheriff Robert Chody told FOX7 at the moment. “But let me also be clear that this is an important piece of evidence of our cold case unit that they are. Regardless of the outcome, there is a lot of work to realize.”
In the months since the car was discovered, FBI forensic analysts have since spent hours collecting possible evidence. Chody said that the sports car found in Dallas was tied at three to four persons of interest.
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In January 2002, when 19-year-old Cooke was visiting her parents in Georgetown when she went for a run.
A missing person poster for Rachel Louise Cooke.
Witnesses reported seeing her at 200 metres distance from her parental home between that morning, but she has not been seen since. The Williamson County Sheriff ‘ s Office and the Texas Rangers carried out massive searches by city and state, come up empty every time.
In 2006, a prisoner confessed to the crime, but reneged in court, pleads not guilty, according to FOX7.
In 2017, the FBI, a member of the sheriff’s office and the increase of the reward money to $100,000 in the hope of collecting additional information about the case. Anyone with information about the case to contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed