“He has just left the area,” Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell told the Daily Corinthian on Thursday.
Cook was stopped by the Louisiana Highway Patrol in Lafayette Parish on Tuesday, March 14, according to the National Criminal Information Center, said the sheriff.
“He is not missing,” added Caldwell.
Law enforcement agencies also know Cook made an ATM cash withdrawl at a casino in Tunica on Saturday, March 4.
A Missing Person Report was filed in Alcorn County after the 49-year-old Corinth mechanic and business owner was last scene locally on Thursday, March 2.
Cook is owner of Cook’s Auto Repair on U.S. 72 West. Many friends and people who did business with Cook became concerned about his whereabouts.
One friend told the newspaper it was not like Cook to disappear and not tell anyone where he was going.
The city of Lafayette is the largest town in the parish where Cook was stopped. It is located west of Baton Rouge in south Louisiana.
Law enforcement agencies had knowledge that Cook has a son in Louisiana.
He has no known local address, said Caldwell.
Alcorn County Investigator Caleb Marolt was working the case.