Update: Missing Woman Has Been Located, Arrested

The woman's belongings were found near the Stratford Inn, where her 9-year-old son was located.

3:02 p.m. Update: Denise R. Cooke was arrested by the St. Louis County Police Department Monday upon her return to the Stratford Inn, suspected of child endangerment. Cooke indicated to police she had gone out for a few drinks and did not have intentions of leaving her child alone for as long of a time period as she did. The time period has not been disclosed by investigators.

The St. Louis County Police Department had made contact with the grandfather of Cooke’s 9-year old boy, but was unable to give over custody to him at the time. The boy will be taken into protective custody until further notice, police said.

1:15 p.m. Update: St. Louis County police announced that Denise Cooke has been located.

Initial story:

A missing and endangered person report has been issued by the St. Louis County Police Department for an Indiana woman whose 9-year-old son and her belongings were found this morning found near the Stratford Inn, 800 South Highway Drive, Fenton.

The woman, Denise R. Cooke, 29, is described as being 4 feet, 11 inches, 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was the 500 block of N. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN. 

Officers from the St. Louis County Police Department Fenton Precinct responded to a call prior to 8 a.m. Monday concerning property found at a nearby business on Bolger Court. The property included Cooke's clothing and her purse.

Officers investigated, which led them to the Stratford Inn, where Cooke's 9-year-old son was located. Police said Cooke was last seen as early as 4 a.m. Monday. The boy has been turned over to his grandfather, who lives in the area, police said. 

If anyone has seen Cooke, or has any information about her whereabouts, contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314/889-2341.

Pam Montogomery January 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
very sad... however some serious proofreading needs to be done before posting these articles!!
Stephen D January 28, 2013 at 06:19 PM
She's either a whack job and just took off or she has met foul play. Even though the article states she an "Indiana woman", her family apparently is here. There's got to be a back story on this one. It's not a case of random abduction.


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