Mom who disappeared with her 3 children are no longer listed as missing, sheriff's office says

Mom who disappeared with her 3 children are no longer listed as missing, sheriff’s office says

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, October 4th 2023, 5:10 PM EDT; first article here)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (TND) — The Virginia mom who disappeared with her three young children, a month ago, has now been removed “from the local and national missing persons databases.”

Lauren Cook — along with Benjamin, 7; Hannah, 5; and Elijah, 2 — had not been seen since Labor Day weekend when they “reportedly traveled to New York on a pre-arranged trip,” according to the Office of the Sheriff in Franklin County, Va.

Authorities said they did not return “after that trip and instead traveled to another state, where they have decided to remain for the time being. After not returning to their Franklin County home, limited contact with family, and then missing a court appearance, the circumstances met criteria to issue a missing persons alert for the family.”

Mom who disappeared with her 3 children are no longer listed as missing, sheriff's office says
Lauren Cook had been missing for weeks, along with her children Elijah, Benjamin, and Hannah. (Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Last week, WSET spoke to Lauden Cook in a secret location on a video call, which was conducted over an app that can’t be tracked.

She said everything started with an anonymous report to the Department of Social Services alleging child abuse. Both she and her husband — Jordan Cook, who did not leave town and stands by his wife — said the accusations were false.

Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said, “Law enforcement has been able to corroborate sightings of the family via surveillance footage and video calls to determine that they appear to be safe and not under any type of duress. The elements of the investigation do not meet the criteria needed to extend a missing persons entry.”

Authorities thanked the public for tips that helped the investigation and reminded them, “Regardless of the circumstances, the end goal of all involved is to simply locate the individual to ensure that they are safe.”

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