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From missing to murdered: Katie Cook's body found after seven years

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(08/15/12) - She went missing from Mt. Morris Township seven years ago. Katherine "Katie" Cook was 23.

Cook's skeletal remains were found, last week, buried in a cornfield in Gaines Township.

Investigators say she was murdered.  The suspect is a man who was her boyfriend back then.

"We do have a suspect. That suspect is in jail, in the state of Missouri, for an unrelated assault with intent to murder on yet another girlfriend. He's not going anywhere," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Leyton says investigators believe one other person assisted him after the fact.

Leyton and Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Scott McKenna outlined the new developments at a news conference Wednesday morning.

No charges have been issued yet in Cook's murder.

She is believed to have been strangled, Leyton says.

Prosecutors are waiting for the results of her autopsy before issuing charges.  The Genesee County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting it.

Cook's remains were uncovered August 7 and fully recovered the next day following a 15 day dig on the farmland off of Reid Road just west of Morrish Road.

Mt. Morris Township Police led the dig and were assisted by Gaines Township Police, Michigan State Police and Michigan State University's Department of Anthropology.

"A lot of things had to happen for us to bring her home and they did," says McKenna.

He walked us through the cornfield, Tuesday, talking about numerous tips officers followed up on throughout the years.

"We didn't quit."

McKenna got solid information, last month, which led investigators to the area.

"At some point and time we'll be able to be a little less mysterious about this, but somebody came forward and started the ball rolling," says Leyton.

Cook's younger sister,  Jenni Cook, says her family is extremely happy she has been found.

"We knew from the beginning she had been killed and who had killed her," says Cook.

Dental records, kept by McKenna all these years, helped with the positive identification.

"I just was truly worried, for the family's sake, that this would be the one I'd go to my deathbed with," McKenna says.  "This had to come together perfectly to find her and it did."

There was tremendous support from the public these last couple of weeks.

It's something Leyton says is critical to solving cases.

During the news conference Wednesday, Leyton and McKenna honored The Bloss family and Mike Casto.  They were given certificates of outstanding citizenship.

The Bloss family owns the farmland where Cook's body was found.

Several acres were damaged in the dig.

McKenna stressed the Bloss family had no knowledge of her body being buried there.

Casto, part owner of C & H Construction, operated large equipment to help.

Gaines Township employees will be honored at a later date.

Leyton also recognized Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Scott McKenna for his tireless efforts.


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