19 – year – old Troy Cook was last seen on the 11th of June, 1998, in Truro, Nova Scotia. His father, Tom, had dropped him off at his apartment after Troy had spent the night at his family’s home, eating dinner and doing laundry. Tom said that he and Troy had made plans to have dinner together at a local diner the next night, Friday 12th June.
Troy was in a hurry to be dropped off that morning as he had to take his car to the garage at 10am and then go to work straight after. Tom says that he saw his son walk towards his driveway, but he was unable to see the driveway or the door. He doesn’t know if there were cars parked in the driveway, and he isn’t sure if Troy managed to make it inside his apartment. This is the last time anyone saw Troy.
Troy is described by his family as being a very social young man, who would love talking to girls and hanging out with his friends. He was known to frequently visit a bar named Chevy’s. During the day, Troy worked at the Atlantic Superstore in Truro and lived in a 2 bedroom apartment on Willow Street – just a five-minute walk from his workplace.
Whilst Troy did not have a mobile phone, he used a payphone to contact his family. He would also visit his family, his mum dad and little brother, at least twice a week. His dad, Tom, also dropped into Troy’s workplace to make sure he was okay and to see if he needed anything.
At 10:39am on the 11th of June, Troy’s manager received a phone call from Troy, or someone pretending to be Troy, saying that he couldn’t come into work because he didn’t feel very well. The manager said that the man on the phone sounded sick as if he had a cold, but that she wasn’t 100% sure if it was Troy or not. Troy’s family have never suggested that he wasn’t feeling well that morning.
The phone call was traced to a payphone located at Tim Horton’s in Bible Hill. This was about 4-5km from Troy’s apartment, so around a 7-minute drive or a 40-minute walk.
On Friday, the 12th of June, Troy’s family headed to the local Tom Horton’s diner where they were supposed to meet Troy for dinner. After waiting for 15 minutes, his family became concerned and contacted Troy’s work and his friends. After finding out that no one had heard from him, and that he had called in sick to work, Troy’s family filed a missing person report.
Troy’s family have said it is so out of character for Troy to not have contacted his family at all after all this time, and that he never indicated to his family or friends that he was planning on going out of town for any reason. Troy’s wallet and ID were found at his apartment, and his bank account has not had any activity since June 1998.
2022 marks 24 years since Troy was last seen. If you have any information regarding Troy’s disappearance, please contact the Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. There is a $150,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Troy’s case.
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