This website has been created to give news updates on the ongoing search and to accept any donations to help aid in the search and return of Shelley to her daughter, family, and friends.

Shelley Lynn Jones Mook is a beloved daughter, mother, sister, family member, and friend of many many people. She is a native of Erie, PA and moved to Tennessee with her now ex-husband Tyler Mook. The two have a daughter, Lilliana Irene Mook. Shelley was last seen by her ex-husband on Monday, February 28, 2011 between 3:00pm and 4:00pm in Shelbyville, TN. Her car was found engulfed in flames 20 feet from a route just outside of Murfreesboro, TN later that evening. There has been no sign of her since.

TBI's Kristin Helm has consistently stated that Tyler Mook "is still very much a person of interest. He has never really cooperated with our agents as far as sitting down and giving them an interview about the last time he saw her". Helm has also previously stated that Mook has not been cooperative: "Anytime you have someone who is not really helping you who may have been the last person to see someone. That makes it difficult as well". Helm also previously stated that Mook "is the primary person of interest in this case".

According to public court documentation Tyler Mook's prior criminal convictions include (but are not limited to) reckless endangerment, theft of property, and alteration of serial numbers. Mook's also has numerous other unconvinced criminal activities as documented and testified in other civil court proceedings. During an evidentiary hearing, “numerous witnesses testified to Father’s history of illegal drug use, drug trafficking, violent behavior, and verbal and physical abuse towards Mother.”

Tyler Mook, his lawyers, and his entire family have refused to comment or assist in the search for Shelley Jones Mook.

If you have any information that would be helpful in finding Shelley please call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

TBI confirms new leads on missing Bedford County teacher

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed they have seized new evidence in the Shelley Mook case.
Shelley Mook, 24, disappeared nearly three years ago.
Mook was a beloved 8th grade teacher at Harris Middle School in Shelbyville. On February 28, 2011, investigators said she went to her ex-husband's home to drop off their 6-year-old daughter. Later that night her car was found in a field, just outside of Murfreesboro. Police said it had been set on fire.
Mook was never found and investigators suspect foul play.
Her ex-husband, Tyler Mook, is believed to be the last person to have seen her alive. The TBI searched his home but he was never arrested. He's still considered a person of interest.
On December 27, 2013, investigators with the TBI seized the van of Tyler's neighbor. They have confirmed they're processing it for any possible evidence. The circumstances which led to the seizure is not being released.
Over the years, many searches and vigils have been organized by family and friends.
The last one was in the fall of 2012 when the TBI received new leads and searched for her in a rural area near a set of railroad tracks in Franklin County.
Shelley's mom, who lives in Pennsylvania, now has custody of Shelley's daughter.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Shelley's whereabouts.
Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Developments In Missing Persons Case of Former Erie Woman

There are some new developments in the case of a middle school teacher from our area, that disappeared in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms that they are now examining new evidence in the case of Shelley Jones Mook.

She was last seen on February 28th of 2011, leaving work at Harris Middle School in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Investigators discovered her burned out car in a field.

We're told that investigators have recently seized a van owned by the neighbor of Shelley's ex-husband, Tyler.
Investigators say Tyler Mook is a person of interest in her disappearance. He's been a person of interest since early on in the investigation.

The FBI won't say how the van is connected to the case, but, they are in the process of gathering evidence from the vehicle.

Billboard reminds public of Shelbyville Missing

This billboard keeps the Bedford County missing in the public's eye, said Kristy Smelcer, sister of Bobby Smelcer.
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A newly-posted billboard across the street from Shelbyville and Bedford County law enforcement headquarters is helping give hope to family members of five missing persons.
"We're looking for a killer," Sherry Meeks, brother of Leon McClaran Sr., who died with his wife Mollie in a September 2012 house fire near Rover, said Thursday. The bodies of Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel, who were staying with their grandparents, have not been found.

Lillie Buchanan, right, grandmother of Antonio Taylor, gets a hug from search dog handler Lois Alexander.
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"In our opinion they were murdered. That's how we feel," she said, standing with sisters Mary Lamb and Karen Smith.
Relatives of Chloie and Gage, Bobby Smelcer, whose skull was found in Duck River in April 2012 after he was reported missing in November 2010, and Antonio Taylor, last seen in 1999, gathered under the Lane Parkway billboard Thursday afternoon.
They shared hugs and hope at what Kristy Smelcer, Bobby's sister, termed a "visual" event. The billboard also includes Shelley Mook, a Shelbyville teacher last seen in February 2011.
No Mook family members were present, but Smelcer said she'd heard Tyler Mook was attempting to gain custody of his and Shelley's daughter at a hearing Thursday in Pennsylvania, where the girl has been staying with a grandparent.
A van belonging to a neighbor of the Mooks on Nashville Dirt Road was being processed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's crime lab earlier this week, said a TBI spokesperson who did not release further details.
The families admit it's hard to not know the fate of their loved ones for so long -- but hope remains.
"Pray to God," Rochelle Adams, Taylor's mother, says when asked how she copes. "We just hope and pray that one day there will be some kind of closure."
Kristy Smelcer, an organizer of many of the events highlighting searches for the Bedford County missing, says "hope" gives her strength.
"The hope that we're going to get there -- find the rest of him and find out what happened, get resolution for my family," Smelcer said. "It's so different from death."
She's learned ways to cope since Bobby's disappearance in November 2011.
"At first it got the best of me," Smelcer said. "Now I've learned to balance it out. One thing that keeps me going is all the others that have gone missing."

Raising their hands in hope under the missing persons billboard are, from left, Rochelle Adams, mother of Antonio Taylor; Kristy Smelcer, sister of Bobby Smelcer; dog handler Theresa Compton; Mary Lamb and Karen Smith, aunts of Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel; Lillie Buchanan, Taylor's grandmother; Sherry Hobbs, Leverette and Daniel's aunt; and dog handler Lois Alexander.
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Dog handlers from Bloodhound Search & Rescue of Clarksville attended the event. They say they've been working with area law enforcement in all the cases.
"We've worked all cases, even Antonio Taylor," dog handler Theresa Compton said. "We became involved in Bedford County right after Bobby went missing."
The group took part in 132 searches -- from missing persons to wanted criminals -- in the Middle Tennessee area last year, dog handler Lois Alexander said.
Those included at least seven in Bedford County including "three to four" searches for Smelcer, she said.
"In any search, clearing areas is as good as having an actual find as you close out the area," Alexander said. "You know they're not there."
Emotions felt by families of the missing are shared by searchers, Alexander said.
"The closure you bring the family is not one you can describe. It's euphoric," she said as she stroked Stozie, a Dutch shepherd.

Karen Smith, center, takes down information from the missing persons billboard as Mary Lamb, left, and Sherry Hobbs look on. All are sisters of the late Leon McClaran Sr., who died with his wife, Mollie, in a 2012 house fire and aunts of Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel, the McClarans' grandchildren who were also in the home and have not been found.
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Billboards, searches and special events are supported by the families to keep the missing in the mind of the public, they say.
"There are leads coming in," Smelcer said. "Every time we do a visual like this we get leads coming in.
"It keeps cases from becoming cold."
The billboard is funded by the Kristen Foundation for the Missing of Charlotte, N.C., which Smelcer says helps families of the missing across the country.
"Joan Scanlon-Petrouski (leader of the foundation) has never charged us a dime," Smelcer said. "Lamar Advertising gave us a huge discount on the billboard."
The Kristen Foundation is named for Kristen Modaffari, a Charlotte resident who disappeared while living and studying in San Francisco. Scanlon-Petrouski was a neighbor of Modaffari's parents. See for more details.
"We are confident the dedicated efforts of each and every one of these victims' families, combined with the diligent efforts of state and local law enforcement, will produce the leads we so desperately need," Det. Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said in a press release.
"We also ask the citizens of Bedford County to keep each of these victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers throughout the year."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New lead in Shelley Mook disappearance provides hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - New leads are giving new hope to the family of a missing Bedford County woman. Shelley Mook disappeared nearly three years ago, and TBI investigators are now examining new evidence. The TBI is searching a van owned by the neighbor of Shelley's husband, Tyler Mook. Investigators say Tyler is a person of interest in the case. The search for Shelley Mook has taken years. People have been looking for the former teacher ever since her car was found burned in February 2011. There is now a new lead. "Anything that they find that may be of some evidentiary value, that is what we're looking for," says TBI Executive Officer Illana Tate.    The TBI won't say what led them to the neighbor's van, or how it might be connected.   It is good news to Shelley's mother Debbie Sikora, who lives with Shelley's nine year old daughter Lily in Pennsylvania. "It is very important for me as a mother, and for Lily as my daughter's daughter, to know where she is," says Debbie Sikora. Shelley Mook's case is important to many in Bedford County. There have been vigils and walks to make the public aware of this and other missing person cases. Jesse Julien has helped organize those events. "I'm hoping that this is going to be one of the breaking leads, and hopefully serve justice to someone," says Jesse Julien. TBI investigators confirm this case is open and active. "We want to leave every stone turned over to see what we can find, and this is just one of those things," says Illana Tate. Shelley Mook's mother hopes one day she'll know what happened to her daughter, and she believes this new lead offers a chance for justice. "And hopefully all of this will tie together and finally will bring this to a resolution," says Sikora. It may take several days for investigators to finish processing the van. Investigators tell us Tyler Mook has moved out of Tennessee and is now living in Florida. 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Supreme Court denies Tyler Mook custody try

Two years after a Bedford County teacher went missing, her former husband has been told he will not regain custody of their child.
The Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Tyler Mook and his parents, Jim and Kim Mook, who have been fighting for custody of Shelly Mook's daughter.
The Harris Middle School teacher was last seen at Tyler's home outside Shelbyville the afternoon of Feb. 28, 2011 as she dropped off their child, but her burned car was found that night near Murfreesboro. Authorities have stated Tyler is considered a "person of interest" in his ex-wife's disappearance.
Since Shelly vanished, the Mooks have sought to gain custody of the 8-year-old girl, who has been staying with her maternal grandmother, Debbie Sikora, in Pennsylvania.
Drugs alleged
In November, a state appeals court upheld the ruling of Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell, who found that Tyler "was unfit to parent the child," further stating Mook posed "a substantial risk of harm" to his daughter.
During a July 2011 custody hearing, "numerous witnesses testified to Father's history of illegal drug use, drug trafficking, violent behavior, and verbal and physical abuse towards Mother," court documents have said.
Appellate Judge Frank G. Clement Jr. wrote in his opinion last year that "the evidence clearly and convincingly demonstrated there was a substantial risk of harm" to Mook's child should she remain in his custody.
Clement ruled that Ms. Sikora "has established that she can provide a stable home," adding that her paternal grandparents, Jim and Kim, could also provide a stable home "if they were not in complete denial of Father's drug use and activities, the bad elements he regularly associates with, and his violent conduct."
Arson plot
Last month, Russell ruled it was not appropriate for Mook to resume "any form" of visitation with his daughter following accusations that Tyler and Kim had spoken to the girl about burning down Sikora's home, with the result being that the child would live with her father afterwards.
Russell had found the child's story credible after examining depositions from a Pennsylvania social worker, and the girl's counselor about the alleged arson plot, calling the testimony "remarkably consistent."
"(T)he magnitude of this tragedy cannot be overstated," Russell wrote in his opinion, referring to Shelly's disappearance, which investigators say is likely the result of foul play. Not only has the child lost her mother and has limited time with her father, the girl also had to move out of state, the judge stated.
A $20,000 reward remains in effect for information in the case. Call the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, (931) 684-3232, or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, (800) TBI-FIND.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2 years, no signs of Mook

Two years after the unsolved disappearance of Shelley Mook, the concern over the case is evident in the voice of Sheriff Randall Boyce.
"It's the most frustrating thing you can imagine," Boyce said Wednesday. "It's just eating at me."
The Mook case, as well as those involving two children missing after a Rover-area house fire last September and the fate of Shelbyville resident Bobby Smelcer, weigh heavily on Boyce's mind.
"The one thing that's eating at me, that we can't find Shelley Mook, Bobby Smelcer, Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel," Boyce said Wednesday.
Mook was last seen two years ago today -- Feb. 28, 2011. The Harris Middle School reading teacher had left her daughter with ex-husband, Tyler Mook at his Nashville Dirt Road home and was en route to Murfreesboro to meet a maintenance man at her new apartment. She never arrived. Her car was found burned south of Murfreesboro later that night.
"We're pretty sure that we know what happened and who did it. We're 99 percent sure. We just can't find the body," Boyce said.
"We've searched every cave and sinkhole in Bedford County and most of them in surrounding counties. I think she's buried somewhere or there's even the possibility that she's been burned. We've had leads her body may be somewhere in Kentucky."
Investigation continues, Boyce said.
"We're still running down a few leads. The TBI is investigating the case but we're working on it, too."
Others missing
Smelcer was last seen in November 2011 in Shelbyville. His skull was found in Duck River west of Shelbyville last spring. City police are the primary local agency investigating the case but Bedford County is helping out, the sheriff said.
Leverette and Daniel were living with their grandparents, Leon McClaran Sr. and Mollie McClaren, in a Kingdom Road home which burned last September. No remains of the children have been discovered; the McClarans' bodies were recovered.
Officers also continue to seek Antonio Taylor, who has not been seen since 1999.
"We just want to put an end to all those cases," Boyce said. "If anyone else has information on either of those cases please give us a call."
The Bedford County Sheriff's Department can be reached at 684-3232.