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Missing Franklin County Man Found

cook-comp2Missing Franklin County man Donald Cook (Photo Courtesy Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: Donald Cook has been located. He had checked himself into a Kansas City-area hospital. The Silver Alert that had been issued for him has been cancelled. 


The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance from the public in the search for Donald Eugene Cook of Princeton, Kansas. He was last seen at his residence, 836 Kentucky Road, in rural Franklin County at approximately 4:30 pm yesterday (WED), April 16. His is 75 years old, white, 6'0" tall, with brown eyes and gray hair. He was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, and was upset by this diagnosis. 

Mr. Cook was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, black tennis shoes and possibly a t-shirt (color unknown). He was also wearing a black coat with pictures of horses on the back. The coat has the name "DON" on the front, and "Cook's Ranch" on the back. He may also be wearing a hat emblazoned with "KU" or "OU" on the front. Mr. Cook wears glasses. 

Donald Cook was last seen driving a 4-door, silver-colored 2007 Toyota Corolla with Kansas license tag 068ACD. The car has a dealership vanity plate on the front, possibly identifying "Olathe Toyota." The vehicle had a full tank of gas and is estimated to have a 400-mile range. 

Cook did not take his cell phone or wallet, and it is believed that he did not take his medication. His family says that when he does not take his medication, he becomes disoriented, confused, and can be in a lot of pain. He may also be anxious. It is believed that he has no cash, credit/debit or gas cards with him. 

Mr. Cook's family believes he could be headed for Salina, Williamsburg or Olathe in Kansas or Branson in Missouri. He may also be headed to visit his father's grave in Rich Hill, MO. 

If you have information about Donald Cook's whereabouts, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 785-242-3800 (dispatch) or 785-229-1000 (administrative offices). 


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