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Missing woman's boyfriend turns self in

LAWRENCEVILLE - The ex-boyfriend of a missing Norcross woman was jailed on Thursday for allegedly stalking her on the night she vanished.

Billy Joe Cook, 38, turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon, according to Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department. Cook is being held without bond on two counts of aggravated stalking.

An arraignment hearing had not been scheduled at press time.

According to arrest warrants filed last week, Cook called Leslie Adams 16 times on the night she disappeared.

Cook was questioned by police twice 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 violated a temporary protective order that barred Cook from seeing or contacting her.

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

She 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.

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, a 40-year-old hairstylist and single mother of two teenagers.