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Search doesn't turn up Mook clues

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Jason Blanton, right, takes a break from searching the Haskins Chapel area on a four-wheeler to drink water and consult with Tammy Anderson, left, and director Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency.
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Searchers hoping to find evidence leading to missing Harris Middle School reading teacher Shelley Mook reported no success following a search of large wooded areas in western Bedford and eastern Marshall counties Wednesday.

"She may have had contact with someone in that area," on the day of her disappearance, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Kristen Helm said, explaining why that area was searched. Helm would not specify whether the contact was in person, by telephone, cell phone or Internet.

Several items of clothing were found, Helm said, but none were considered suspicious. "You always find a few articles of clothing, but nothing we found is thought to be connected to the case."

Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce said he had been told by the TBI not to comment.

Investigators from the TBI, Bedford, Marshall and Rutherford counties, volunteer firefighters from various Bedford and Rutherford County locations, a Franklin County command center, mounted patrols and Bedford County Emergency Management Agency scoured the areas around Henry Horton State Park, Clay Hill and Haskins Chapel. Searchers spent most of the day there checking river access areas on four-wheelers and horses and in boats but would not return today, Helm said.

A TBI command post was set up at the park and a second, smaller post manned by Bedford County EMA at a church on Haskins Chapel Road in Bedford County.

Mook was last seen Feb. 28 at the home of her ex-husband, Tyler Mook, as she dropped off their child before leaving to meet a maintenance man at a new home she was to rent. Her burned car was found that night southeast of Murfreesboro.

Tyler Mook has been considered a "person of interest," investigators said, but has had no comment and has hired a lawyer.

A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to Shelley Mook. Call the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, 684-3232, with any information related to the case.