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Cold Case Update: Rachel Louise Cooke

  • 26 September 2018
  • Author: Shannon Sandell
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 On April 13, 2018, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office announced progress on the Rachel Cooke case, 16 years after Cooke went missing. 

After receiving a tip, a vehicle linked to Cooke’s case was located in the Dallas area.

The car was transported back to Williamson County where FBI forensic analysts spent hours collecting possible forensic evidence.  

The collected forensic evidence was sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia and recently received the following results. 

•    Preliminary tests indicate a possible presence of blood that was positive on an item in the passenger floorboard of the White 1998 Pontiac Trans Am.

•    Preliminary tests indicate a possible presence of blood that was positive on an item on the passenger door molding of the White 1998 Pontiac Trans Am.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty Hill Police Department: Joint Traffic Operation along SH 29

  • 18 September 2018
  • Author: Shannon Sandell
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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty Hill Police Department will be conducting a joint traffic operation beginning Wednesday, September 19 at 7 a.m. and concluding Thursday, September 20 at 5 p.m.

The purpose of the operation is to protect lives and enforce the traffic laws and license and weight regulations on State Highway 29 between Liberty Hill and the Georgetown city limits.

WCSO and LHPD will primarily focus on the enforcement of the posted speed limit and trucks failing to secure load and overweight limits.

Women on Patrol

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that Lifetime Cable Network’s television show ‘Women on Patrol’ will be riding with WCSO Sheriff Deputies. ‘Women on Patrol’ Season 2 will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. CT. 

‘Women on Patrol’ follows female law enforcement officers from around the county. In the half-hour episodes, viewers are provided an unfiltered and unfettered look at the female officers on the front line of some police forces in the country as they patrol their communities.

“I am delighted to show law enforcement from a perspective of our female deputies.  The challenges encountered, and the tenacity should make for a good show. It also should demonstrate the professionalism here at Williamson County Sheriff’s Office by all those who serve our community,” said Sheriff Robert Chody.   

Women on Patrol is produced for the Lifetime Network by Big Fish Entertainment, LLC.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Adopts Latest Forensic DNA Technology with M-Vac

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody announced that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office adopted a new forensic DNA collection method that will help solve crimes. The sheriff’s office crime lab is the first in Texas to acquire the new, wet vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. 

“We are very excited to have this new tool that takes our capabilities of finding suspect DNA to another level.  Our current method of obtaining DNA is scrubbing items with swabs, and though we have yielded good results, this machine can process a larger area much more thoroughly which increases the chances of getting a full DNA profile.  If the DNA were left behind, this tool would recover it,” said Jennifer Smith, WCSO Crime Scene Specialist. 

By implementing this new collection method, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is being proactive in the growing field of forensic DNA and improving its overall capability to solve crimes. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office can now offer a distinctive service that is not currently available in the surrounding area.

K9 Rody’s Retirement

On Thursday, August 9, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be celebrating K9 Rody’s retirement. The retirement ceremony will be hosted by the Austin Crime Commission.

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street in Georgetown. 

K9 Rody served Williamson County from 2013 – 2018. During his service, Rody had hundreds of deployments over his career resulting in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics and millions in drug-tainted currency. Some of Rody’s top narcotic seizures include a traffic stop yielding 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a big screen TV, 24 kilos of cocaine concealed in car batteries and over 400,000 dollars of cartel money from a commercial bus hidden in a lead-lined false wall.

He was a gifted tracker, successfully tracking over 50 suspects and missing endangered persons, five of which resulted in bite apprehensions of criminal suspects. His presence motivated countless suspects to surrender without incident.

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