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Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!
Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Find missing Mary Margaret Cook!
Her husband claimed that she left of her own accord.
Leaving him and their two children.
She may have been pregnant at the time.
It has been almost 49 years
Since her family and friends last saw her.
It has been almost 49 years
Since her family and friends last heard from her.
Where are Mary and her possible baby?

Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Missing Person: Mary Margaret Cook
Missing Since
Missing From
Highland City, Florida
Endangered Missing
Date of Birth
04/26/1945 (74 years old current age)
Age when last seen
25 years old
Height and Weight
4’11, 145 – 150 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description
Possibly a green dress.
Medical Conditions
Mary may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, blue/hazel eyes. Mary wears cats-eye eyeglasses and cannot see without them. She had excellent teeth in 1970 and had never needed dental care. She has a birthmark on the outside of her right leg, above her ankle.

Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Mary Margaret Cook was last seen on November 14, 1970. Her husband says she left her home in Highland City, Florida. He claims she left to go on a shopping trip at the J. M. Fields store in Lakeland, Florida and buy Christmas presents for her two sons, then aged five and three. She never returned.

Her white 1959 Cadillac coupe was found abandoned in the store’s parking lot the following day. Mary’s wallet and purse were inside the car, but $200 which her husband supposedly gave her for the presents was missing. She left behind her wedding rings, which she normally wore all the time. No one saw her or her car at the store that day.

Investigators view Mary’s husband, Leathern “Earl” Cook, as the prime suspect in her disappearance. They had been married for eight years at the time of Mary’s disappearance in 1970.

Earl was interviewed extensively and in 2003. The police dug up the garage floor of the house they lived in in 1970, suspecting Mary’s body might be buried there. Earl also provided them with a blood sample. They found no evidence and Earl was never charged.

He always maintained his innocence in her case and told their children that Mary left of her own accord. Earl remarried two years after Mary’s disappearance, got divorced in 2000, married a third time and died in Greenacres, Florida in 2007, at the age of 66.

Mary’s oldest son stated he saw his parents arguing on the day of his mother’s disappearance. He stated that Earl told him not to look outside. He believes Mary’s body was concealed in a red blanket from the house and was buried within some hours’ distance of Highland City.

Mary’s mother took care of her sons for some time after her disappearance. However, when she found out the police suspected Earl was involved, she confronted him and directly asked if he’d killed Mary. He never answered; instead, he simply took the boys and left.

Some have suggested that Mary’s disappearance is related to the disappearance of Peggy Byars-Baisden, who vanished from Highland City in April 1965. Both Mary and Byars-Baisden are the mothers of two children each, both were in their twenties, and they resided on the same street. However, investigators do not think the two women knew each other and have not been able to link their disappearances.

Mary was a stay-at-home mother at the time of her disappearance. Earl often went to West Palm Beach, Florida, hours away from Highland City, for painting jobs during the week and returned to Highland City to spend weekends at home. Foul play is suspected in Mary’s case. But little evidence is available in her disappearance.

Find Missing Mary Margaret Cook!

Sadly, Mary Margaret Cook has been missing for almost 49 years. Because she may have been pregnant at the time, a possible child may have been missing for five decades also. Cook vanished prior to technology, DNA testing availability, and missing persons awareness. There is little evidence in Mary’s case. A tip can change that and bring answers. Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Mary Margaret Cook and her possible baby? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) who may be involved in their disappearances?

If you have any information, please contact the Polk County Sheriff Office (Florida): 1-863-298-6200 or 1-863-533-0344. You may contact your local law enforcement or 9-1-1.

NamUs Agency Case Number: MP1670
Agency Case Number: 2008-152883

Mary Margaret Cook has a NamUs profile. The above images are courtesy of this profile. Click here to view it.
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The above information is found on Mary Margaret Cook’s Charley Project page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.


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