TRURO – It’s been almost 17 years since Troy Cook was last seen by his father, and the search continues for his whereabouts.
For every missing child, there is a family that is incomplete; a family whose child has not come home. Cook’s family has been living that nightmare for 17 years.
That’s why on May 25, International Missing Children’s Day, the Truro Police Service and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) are hoping some new information will come to light to help officers solve Cook’s case or provide answer’s to his family.
“Our police service maintains an open investigation into the disappearance of Troy Cook and it is our hope that someone will come forward with information that will help us bring this case to a successful conclusion and bring closure to Troy’s family,” said Truro Police Service Chief Dave MacNeil in a press release.
Christy Dzikowicz, director of Missing Children Services at the Canadian Centre, says it’s critical stories of missing children are kept in the public eye.
“There’s always hope that someone will do the right thing and come forward with new information that could lead to a missing child being located,” said Dzikowicz.
Cook grew up in Truro and people who knew him say he was considerate and friendly.
For every missing child, there is a family that is incomplete; a family whose child has not come home.
“Troy was like a magnet. He drew people to him. He was always surrounded by people. If you had five minutes with him, you’d want another 15 minutes,” said his father, Tom Cook.
During the morning of June 11, 1998, Cook’s father dropped his son off at his apartment. Half an hour later, his boss at the Atlantic Superstore received a call from someone claiming to be Cook saying he wouldn’t be able to work his shift that evening.
That was the last time anyone has heard from Cook, and there have been no confirmed sightings since.
Cook had brown eyes, standing five-foot-six-inches tall. At the time of his disappearance, he was only 19 years old, weighed 120 pounds and had black hair.
Anyone with information about Troy Cook’s disappearance can contact MissingKids.ca at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or the Truro Police Service at 902-895-5351.Tips can also be submitted online at www.missingkids.ca. All information can be shared confidentially.
Canadians can help in the search for missing children by signing up for MissingKidsALERT at www.missingkidsalert.ca to receive geographically targeted alerts through a variety of electronic platforms when a child in their community goes missing. Canadians can also view MissingKids.ca’s Missing Children Database by visiting www.missingkids.ca/app/en/missing_children_database
Editor's note: This article was originally published at trurodaily.com May 25, 2015.