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Crowd joins vigil in support of Mook

Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Over 100 people, many of them students and colleagues of missing Harris Middle School teacher Shelley Mook, listen to speakers during a "strength vigil" Sunday night.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
"Shelley, come back to us, please,"

A hastily-assembled crowd of over 100 stood in silence at the tearful plea from missing Harris Middle School teacher Shelley Mook's mother, Debbie Sikora of Edinboro, Pa., during what organizers termed a "strength vigil" Sunday night on the Shelbyville square. Sikora sobbed in her son's arms throughout the ceremony.

Family members stood on the north courthouse steps as Harris principal Bill Pietkiewicz and several teachers and students spoke of how Mook cared for and supported her English students.

"It was great to see everybody out here in support, giving their blessings," Mook's brother, Patrick Jones, told the Times-Gazette after the vigil. "We really appreciate everything the school and community have done for us."

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A lit candle burns near a poster announcing a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of Shelley Mook.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Mook was last seen last Monday afternoon when she dropped off her 6-year-old daughter, Lilly, at her ex-husband's home. Mook's burned car was found late that night southeast of Murfreesboro, where she had just moved.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant and searched the Bedford County home of Mook's ex-husband, Tyler Mook, on Friday, Sheriff Randall Boyce said Monday.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Mook's return. Call the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, (931) 684-3232; the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, (615) 904-3049; or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, (615) 744-4000.