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Slaying victim's son pleads for the public's help

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The search for answers in a Barre woman's killing continues. Now, we're learning more about the victim from her son.

"They're looking for a car," Matthew Hayes said. "Cars don't drive themselves."

Hayes is desperate for answers after the shocking killing of his mom, Cindy Cook.

"I'm still trying to take it in," he said. "I just found out yesterday."

The body of the 59-year-old was found dumped in the woods in Middlesex Wednesday night. Police think Cook had been there for several days.

"She was tossed out like a bag of garbage," Hayes said. "To do that to a human being, you can't be a human being."

Hayes says he last spoke to his mom via text message the morning of July 1. He says she promised to call him later but never did.

"She didn't have a mean bone in her body. She was a really good person," he said.

And she loved her little dog, a dachshund named Honeybee who is also currently missing. Another piece that's puzzling after the tragic loss of this graphic artist and grandmother.

Reporter Tyler Dumont: What did her grandkids mean to her?

Matthew Hayes: Everything. And she means everything to them.

Police think Cook's last known contact was by phone with another relative July 3. But according to Hayes, the last person to see Cook was likely the man who lived with her, a man Hayes says was her boyfriend.

Tyler Dumont: What do you know about the person your mom lived with, and where is that person right now?

Matthew Hayes: That's a good question, Tyler. That's a good question. I definitely don't know where he is.

Police also don't know where Cook's cream-colored Mini Cooper is. Hayes thinks her boyfriend might have the answer.

"I would like to ask him what happened," he said. "And where is my mother's car? And how my mother got to where she got."

WCAX News is not identifying Cook's boyfriend, as police haven't yet released the names of any people of interest in the case. Thursday night, they told us the public should remain vigilant for their safety.

Now again, police are looking for Cook's missing cream-colored 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman with Vermont plates GBH 823.

This is a photo of a similar vehicle:

Police would also like to hear from anyone who sees Cindy Cook's car or who had contact with her on or after July 3. Call Vermont State Police in Middlesex at 802-229-9191.

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