Manteo woman missing, active search continues

Published 7:32 pm Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Deanna Cook, 49, of Manteo. Cook was last seen in the area of Duck Thru just north of Manteo on Roanoke Island around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. She arrived at the last known location on bicycle and is thought to have then left on foot, according to information from Investigator Donnie Varnell.

Those searching for Cook have included deputies as well as seven K-9 teams. As explained by DCSO Major Jeff Deringer, the teams were able to utilize a scent article before deploying the dogs in a search radius for about an hour and a half before taking a break and then taking up the search again. Other deputies searched areas including the woods on foot. The grid-type search has thus far encompassed terrain from the Old Manns Harbor Bridge to Manteo (town).


DCSO Deputy Bennett and K-9 Bady, one of the teams searching for Deanna Cook on Thursday, May 23. Theresa Schneider photo

Deputies have also reviewed camera footage from surrounding businesses and spoken to many people, but have not found any additional information. Dare MedFlight has also assisted in the search. As of Friday afternoon, nothing has turned up and the search continues.

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Cook is described as a white female, 5’8″ tall, around 180 pounds with brown, shoulder-length hair with highlights. The shirt she was last seen wearing was an oversized slate gray-blue t-shirt. Cook has a New York Yankees tattoo on her ankle.

DCSO has asked that residents check in any sheds, buildings, barns and other areas of their property for signs of anything out of the ordinary, as Cook may be in need of help.

Those with any information about Cook are asked to call either the Dare Central non-emergency number at 252-473-3444 or 911.