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Investigators find no new clues in missing persons cases

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Investigators say they have no new clues in the whereabouts of two persons reported missing several months ago.

Shelly Mook, 24, a Harris Middle School teacher, was last seen Feb. 28 when she left her daughter at her ex-husband's home before leaving for Murfreesboro, where her burned car was found later that night.

Bobby Smelcer, 51, hasn't been seen since late November. His personal effects were left behind at his East Lane Street home.

"We're still going through phone records," Capt. Tony Barrett of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said of the Mook case. "The TBI crime lab is also checking the phone records and the "pings" to see which cell towers they came from."

Ground searches are over, Barrett said.

"We're not doing any searches unless someone gives us new information. We've looked everywhere we know to look."

The TBI is still actively involved in the investigation, the deputy said.

"The TBI has put some new agents on the case," Barrett said. "They've got some fresh eyes looking at it."

Investigators haven't given up hope of finding Smelcer, Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said.

"We're still talking to the family pretty regularly. As of now we have no leads," Crews said. "We haven't had any new developments at all."

Crews said recovered bodies nationwide matching Smelcer's description are being checked.

"He's in NCIC (the National Crime Information Center database). They contact us if someone of a similar age and size is found."

"We received a call from someone working on finding missing people and needing information to make sure a person found in Arkansas isn't him," Crews said. "When an unidentified body is found in another state we send them information and fingerprints."