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Missing » Contact ended when their mother disappeared.

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"When I called and told them who I was, the first thing Kent said was, ‘What happened to Bobbie?’ " said Cook.

Helen Linton said the answer was a shock to them all, especially Thomas, who had never understood why his birth mother had stopped writing back.

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Bobbi Ann Campbell

Stephanie Cook and Thomas Linton will hold a public memorial for their mother, Bobbi Ann Campbell at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Larkin Sunset Garden cemetery, 1950 E. 10600 South, Sandy.

Campbell disappeared in 1994 and her family has not heard from her since.

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On Jan. 30, Cook met Helen Linton and also spoke for the first time with her brother, a brief but emotionally overwhelming conversation.

In the weeks that followed, Cook and Linton — who now lives in Selma, Ala., and is preparing to enter the Army — have slowly gotten acquainted through telephone calls and daily text messages.

"The first few texts were, ‘What’s your favorite color? What music do you listen to? What was your life like growing up?’ " she said.

The two exchanged photos of themselves — they discovered they share the same nose and blue eyes — and Cook sent her brother photos of their mother.

Now Linton wants to volunteer in any way he can to help find her.

He’ll start by giving a DNA sample to use in identifying Campbell, if she is ever found.

"There is not very much we can do at this point," Cook said.

Except keep getting the word out.

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On Friday, Cook will take Linton for his first visit to the memorial for their mother at Larkin Sunset Gardens cemetery in Sandy. They’ll hold a small service and release a bouquet of balloons, sending their hopes for an answer to that final mystery skyward.


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