Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Search continues for missing Shelbyville teacher 1 year later


Tuesday marks one year since 25-year-old, Shelley Mook of Shelbyville was last seen.

Shelley has been missing since she left Harris Middle School in Shelbyville around 3 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2011. 

Investigators believe she went to her ex-husband, Tyler Mook's home to drop off their daughter.

It is believed that Tyler Mook was the last person to see the young mother alive.

Shelley was supposed to meet a maintenance man at her new apartment in Murfreesboro after dropping off her daughter on, but never made it.

Her car was found burned out in Rutherford County later that night.

Now a year later, very little evidence has been found on Mook's whereabouts. 

Bill Pietkiewicz, assistant principal of Shelbyville Central High School, was the former principal at Harris Middle School, where Shelley was a teacher.

"We had no idea she [Shelley] would still be missing at this point," he told Nashville's News 2.

Mook's absence has been felt at the school since the day she was reported missing. 

"It's very much like a member of your family that's gone," said Pietkiewicz.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is continuing with the investigation, and is currently relying on the public's help for any information that may lead them to Shelley.

"It just takes that one piece of evidence or that one tip or lead or break in the case to be able to solve this," Kristin Helm with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told Nashville's News 2. 

Investigators said that Tyler Mook is still considered a person of interest.

"Her ex-husband [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," said Helm.

According to a Facebook page dedicated to finding Shelley, Shelley's mother now has custody of her little girl, and she is living in Pennsylvania.

A family spokesperson told Nashville's News 2, "Everyday we hold out hope that the person responsible will be held accountable."

A vigil marking the one year anniversary will be held in Shelley Mook's hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Anyone with information should call the Bedford County Sheriff's Department at 931-684-3232, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department at 615-904-3049 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 615-744-4000.

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