From Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, Cincinnati:
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am sorry to interrupt the final hours of this Labor Day week-end with this announcement that I just received, and ask that you please read this message carefully:
Two grandchildren of our Faculty colleague, Prof. Michael Cook, have disappeared. Sage Cook (14) and Isaac Cook (9) flew from Seattle to LAX on Friday, August 28th, on Alaska Airlines, for a scheduled weekend visit with their Taiwanese-American mother Faye Ku (their father in Seattle, David Cook, has full custody and the boys' passports).
The mother has left written admission that she has taken the children, and abandoned all credit cards, bank checks, car, cell-phones. and the like. She herself apparently forged the required documentation for visitation-oversight. Sage and Isaac were last seen with their mother and her (own) two-year old son at LAX on that Friday (Aug. 28) around noon. The boys were due to fly back from LA to Seattle on Sunday Aug. 30th at 6:30 pm but never boarded the plane.
All attempts to contact the boys or their mother have failed. It is unknown whether they are still in California or have traveled out of state or out of the country.
A similar incident was attempted several years ago but was foiled at a JFK boarding to Taiwan. Remedial protective measures seemed fool-proof but were somehow circumvented.
All are concerned for the boys' safety and would appreciate any information. David and his wife Helen Cook are currently working with the FBI as well as police detectives in Bellevue WA and Lakewood CA.
Please call 911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you see or hear anything.
Our thoughts, prayers, and wishes for a speedy resolution of this painful incident now turn to Sage and Isaac, to David and Helen, to our colleagues, friends, and teachers Professor Michael Cook and Rabbi Judy Chessin, and to all members of their family.