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    Here is a story discussing the opinion that the sheriff at the time botched the investigation.
    Investigator says sheriff's office made crucial mistakes in Rachel Cooke case

    http://kxan.com/2017/09/29/investiga...el-cooke-case/

    (Via KXAN News)


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    Quote Originally Posted by texasgirl2 View Post
    Thank you for posting about that....I had forgotten about the body found in Del Valle. I haven't found any information on the woman ever having been identified?! In regards to your question, the link below says "Thomson said the woman’s skull has been taken to the medical examiner’s office, where it will undergo testing to determine the woman’s ethnicity. She said investigators are resubmitting DNA evidence to the state’s database in hopes of finding a match."

    http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...yTaL5KxKRCEWL/
    Yes they did identify the woman found behind Berdoll's: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...OEFigOtbbjwdI/

    I have been trying to chronicle all the strange happenings in Del Valle but missed the article of her id. Thanks for reminding me. https://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...r-of-homicides

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimeDawg123 View Post
    Yes they did identify the woman found behind Berdoll's: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...OEFigOtbbjwdI/

    I have been trying to chronicle all the strange happenings in Del Valle but missed the article of her id. Thanks for reminding me. https://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...r-of-homicides
    Thank you for this CrimeDawg! I am so happy to hear that she has been identified. There really is some craziness going on in Del Valle. I'll be sure to follow that thread as well!


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    A former lieutenant who worked the missing person case during his time with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office hopes the money will help. But he said the sheriff’s office made crucial mistakes when Cooke first disappeared. “There was no reason to think she was a runaway, she had no history of it,” John Foster said.

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    Others involved with the search for Cooke have shared Foster’s concerns about the investigation. In 2011, KXAN interviewed Equusearch founder Tim Miller, who also blamed Maspero, saying the sheriff botched the case.


    http://kxan.com/2017/09/29/investiga...el-cooke-case/

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    Looks like this wasn't posted yet (from December 1, 2017).

    [...]

    But former sheriff Maspero fiercely defends his record, telling Crime Watch Daily affiliate KXAN-TV in 2011: "I brought in the finest people I could think of, the Rangers, FBI, APD [Austin Police]. We went beyond the scope of what was called for, and I'm disappointed Rachel's case is still unsolved."

    Maspero was forced out of office while being investigated for serious misconduct including allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, crawling on the floor of a men's club barking like a dog then biting a dancer, and indecent exposure. Maspero died in 2014.

    Sheriff Robert Chody has marshaled an army of veteran retired homicide detectives to start from scratch. Chody ordered new searches and is plowing through a staggering number of leads, new and old.

    "We've had over 1,700 tips," said Sgt. Brinkmann. "We are still receiving tips today. We've probably had 30 or 40 in the last few months, so we're trying to track down every single lead."
    How many persons of interest do they have in this case?

    "Well over a hundred," said Sgt. Brinkmann.


    https://crimewatchdaily.com/2017/12/...eriff-in-town/

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    Sixteen years!!

    Cooke’s family and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office are holding a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the tree planted in her memory at Georgetown High School.*

    https://kxan.com/2018/01/10/rachel-c...disappearance/

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