NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
It has been five years since Shelley Mook has been seen by anyone. At the time of her disappearance, authorities were looking at her estranged husband Tyler Mook.
That case still remains unsolved. But now, Tyler Mook has been found guilty of trying to kill a different woman.
"Hopefully he wont be able to hurt anyone else," said Kevin Keele a private investigator.
Tyler Mook is now convicted of attempted murder in the first degree.
"I think Tyler would be a threat to any woman he happened to be with," Keele said.
According to police in Florida, Tyler Mook threw his girlfriend Robin Donneth off of a boat and attempted to hold her under water. Tyler's brother Andrew Mook managed to pull him off. A witness claimed Tyler then said, "No one disrespects me in front of my family. I will kill her."
"Its good that Tyler's brother Andrew was there when this happened with Ms. Donneth. It's just a shame that someone wasn't here for Shelley when she needed it most and able to protect her," Keele said.
Shelley Mook, a Bedford County teacher, vanished in 2011. While the TBI named Tyler their main person of interest, they never made an arrest.
"The longer it goes, the harder it is to get a conviction or maybe even to prosecute anyone for the murder of Shelley Mook," said Jonathan Brown, Shelley Mook's mother's attorney.
Tyler Mook's Tennessee attorney David Raybin told Channel 4:
I spoke with Tyler's Florida attorney this morning whom I've been in constant communication with. He is going to appeal the verdict to higher courts down there. I can say that that incident down there is of no relevance whatsoever to the allegations here. I am certainly aware that nothing about the Tennessee case came into the Florida trial in any way. Tyler absolutely maintains his innocence regarding the disappearance of his former wife Shelley Mook.
As for Shelley Mook's family, Thursday's conviction wasn't the justice they've been waiting for, but they do consider it a small victory.
"Hopefully this will promote people to maybe come forward with information they didn't want to come out with because maybe they were scared of Tyler Mook or something like that," Brown said.
Shelley Mook's mother was in court Thursday to witness Tyler's conviction. A family friend, Brittany Brooks sent the following statement:
Today we feel like we could lift the weight of the world! Now is the time for anyone with information on Shelley to come forward. Be strong. Don't have fear. Help us get justice for her.
Tyler Mook's sentencing hearing will take place in May.
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