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Man to turn himself in on charge of stalking missing woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - The ex-boyfriend of a missing Norcross woman who is accused of stalking her on the night she vanished has reportedly agreed to turn himself in to police.

A Gwinnett County police detective spoke with 38-year-old Billy Joe Cook on Tuesday, and Cook agreed to turn himself in Friday, said department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

According to arrest warrants filed last week, Cook faces two counts of aggravated stalking for calling Leslie Adams 16 times on the night she disappeared.

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.

Cell phone records reveal that Cook called Adams about 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 21 from a location somewhere inside Gwinnett, police said. The phone calls were in violation of a temporary protective order that barred Cook from seeing or contacting Adams, a 40-year-old single mother of two teenagers.

Adams sought court protection after returning home Oct. 18 and finding Cook in her bed, a claim that he has since denied.

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

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 turned up no sign of Adams.