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Missing woman's ex faces stalking charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - The ex-boyfriend of a missing Norcross woman has been charged with stalking her the night she vanished.

According to arrest warrants filed on Thursday, 38-year-old Billy Joe Cook faces two counts of aggravated stalking for calling Leslie Adams 16 times on the night she disappeared. Cook had not been arrested as of press time Monday.

"I just haven't found him yet, but his job is moving around," Detective Marcus Head said. "He owns a vending company."

The warrant lists two home addresses for Cook, one in Snellville and another in Oakwood.

Cook was questioned by police several times in the past in connection with the Adams case, but he has not been charged with any crime other than stalking her. Police have not named Cook as a suspect in her disappearance.

An officer who entered Adams' apartment after she vanished found a Winchester .45 shell casing and blood spatter at the foot of her bed. Subsequent police searches using helicopters and tracking dogs turned up no sign of Adams, a 40-year-old hairstylist and single mother of two teenagers. Adams is presumed dead, according to the arrest warrant.

Cell phone records reveal that Cook called Adams at 2:47 and 2:48 a.m. on Oct. 21 from a location somewhere inside Gwinnett, Head said. The phone calls were in violation of a temporary protective order issued two days prior that barred Cook from seeing or contacting Adams.

Adams sought court protection after returning home Oct. 18 and finding Cook in her bed, a claim that he has denied. Adams said "I am fearful of my life" in the temporary protective order.

Adams was last seen Oct. 20 at an Atlanta club where she saw a concert. Cook also attended the concert, although he claims he did not see or talk with Adams that night. Police believe Cook did encounter Adams at the club, and even tried to fight with a man who was accompanying her.

Where Adams went after leaving is something police have declined to discuss.

"I have evidence that she went somewhere else after the club, but I can't say where," Head said.

Adams' sister reported her missing on Oct. 22 after she failed to show up for work or call to wish her happy birthday.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about Adams' disappearance to call Detective Marcus Head at 770-513-5300.

Staff writer Leslie Wiggins contributed to this article.