Cook was last seen on June 23, 2012. His 1971 GMC truck was spotted abandoned on Highway 238 near the Jackson and Josephine County line just a few days later. When law enforcement arrived, it was gone. It was found nearly a year later and had been stripped of parts and re-painted. Police believe the truck was stolen after Cook left it.
Cook’s remains were found this week by two hikers. They were walking a rural property in Provolt when they found the remains, along with some clothing.
According to Oregon State Police, “Evidence located at the scene supports this was a suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”