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Woods near Mook home searched

Friday, March 18, 2011

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The heavily-wooded area searched Thursday includes flatland and gullies underneath large rocks.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
A widespread wooded area behind the former Tyler Mook home on Old Nashville Dirt Road was searched Thursday by members of several Bedford County law enforcement agencies accompanied by a cadaver dog.

Mook's ex-wife, Shelley Mook, was last seen Feb. 28 when she dropped their daughter off at the home. Her car was found burned in Rutherford County several hours later.

Tyler Mook, who is being termed a "person of interest" by Sheriff Randall Boyce, has moved out of the house and now lives in Franklin County, Barrett said. A 'No Trespassing' sign was on the front of the house Thursday.

"It's not that there's a tip that something might be amiss, we're just making sure there's nothing here," Capt. Tony Barrett of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. "We've had permission to search the area for some time and brought in the dog today."

The Bedford County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol, Bedford County Fire Department and Bedford County Emergency Management Agency joined the BCSD in searching the heavily-wooded 87-acre area between Old Nashville Dirt Road and Unionville-Deason Road, Barrett said. Three landowners granted permission for their property to be searched, according to Barrett.

Thursday's search isn't the first in the area, Barrett said.

"We've flown over the area with a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, used dogs, used a combination of people and the dog," Barrett said. "We're out searching different areas every day."

The dog is a combination malamute and German shepherd, Barrett said.

"Just turn it loose and let it go and it sniffs the air. It's fairly fast and gives foot officers a chance to search and if we see something the dog can check it out," Barrett said. "It's just another tool we use. It's the third time we've used dogs in this case."

Boyce said his agency has been checking several areas in Rutherford and Bedford counties daily. Little of substance has been found, he said.

Authorities searched a storage building Tyker Mook rents in Murfreesboro on Wednesday, Barrett said, and have looked over other property he owns there including a building lot.

"Rutherford County has searched the area when her car was found on Manchester Highway," Barrett said. "We'll search it again with their help."

Searches in the Murfreesboro area were planned for today, Barrett said.

A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to Shelley Mook's recovery. Call the BCSD, 684-3232.