In a disconcerting development from Virginia, a mother and her three children have reportedly disappeared without a trace. The family has not been in contact for nearly two weeks, sparking concerns for their safety. Lauren Cook, a 30-year-old mother, along with her 7-year-old son, 2-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter, have seemingly vanished. The family was expected at a relative's residence, but they never arrived, as reported by the Independent. The last known communication from the family was on September 5 from Franklin County. Subsequent attempts to establish contact have proven futile. The case is puzzling for investigators, as there are no apparent reasons for Cook to have vanished with her children. Cook, who is married and shares full custody of the children with her husband, has no recorded emergency calls that might hint at domestic disputes. [tweet_embed]September 19, 2023[/tweet_embed] Sergeant Megan Huston, the public information officer for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, provided some insight into the case. “A lot of times you see these situations where a parent loses custody and takes the kids and runs away. This doesn’t seem to be like that," Huston stated. Huston further added, “But they’re not originally from here, so I can’t say if something has or has not happened elsewhere, I’m not privy to that information. It’s a complex situation that we have limited details on.” Regarding Cook's husband, Huston noted that he is "upset, as any parent would be of 'where are my children at?'" Authorities initially speculated that Cook might have traveled to New York, but later suggested she could still be in Virginia. The current location of the family remains uncertain. "Any time anything involves children, they want to make sure the children are safe," Huston said. "We have gotten an outpouring of support for trying to locate this family, and we would appreciate any additional shares of any news media coverage on this so that we can locate Lauren and her children." A significant lead in the investigation pertains to Cook's mobile phone, which was last pinged in Lexington, Virginia, on September 7. There has been no activity in her bank account since her disappearance. Cook and her children are believed to be traveling in a blue 2013 Chrysler van with Virginia license plates.