Nearly 17 years ago, Troy Cook was last seen by his father. Since then, his disappearance has caused his hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia a huge amount of uncertainty. May 25 is International Missing Children’s Day, a day that Truro Police Service and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection hoped would lead to new evidence surrounding Troy’s disappearance.
Christy Dzikowicz, the director of Missing Children Services at the Canada Centre shares that it’s vital we keep Troy, and all other missing children at the forefront. Her hope, is that someone will “do the right thing and come forward with new information.”
Troy Cook grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia. His happiness was infectious. His friends and family loved how Troy brought out the best in people by being his own best self. Troy had brown eyes, black hair and was 5’6″ tall and 120 lbs at age 19 when he disappeared.
On the morning of June 11, 1998 Troy’s father dropped him off at his apartment on Willow Street. He would be the last person to see Troy. About a half an hour later, Troy’s boss at the Atlantic Superstore received a phone call from someone claiming to be Troy reporting that he wouldn’t be in for his shift that evening. Instead of his apartment however, this call was made from a Tim Horton’s in Bible Hill.
To this day, Troy’s father – Tom Cook – is engaged in an unrelenting search for his son, saying that “There is no time limit as to how long I will continue to look for Troy.” His disappearance was a shock for the entire community. He and Tom shared a close bond. They had plans to buy an old Corvette and restore it together. Troy did not have any trouble with drugs or the law. Instead, he loved working at the Atlantic Superstore, interacting with his community, and seeing his family on a daily basis. In fact, it was Troy not joining his family at a local restaurant for Friday night dinner that alerted his family that something was wrong.
Tom Cook and his son Michael are still on the hunt for answers. Michael keeps his presence alive online while Tom takes interviews, and keeps Troy’s face on posters throughout Truro.
If you know anything about Troy Cook’s disappearance contact MissingKids.ca at 1-866-KID-TIPS, or the Truro Police Service at 1-902-895-5351. You can also submit a tip online at www.missingkids.ca. All information is completely confidential.