Gov. Bill Haslam is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the disappearance of Shelley Mook, the Shelbyville teacher last seen in late February, as well as rewards in the cases of two other missing Tennesseans.
"I'm glad. I'm tickled. That's great," Sheriff Randall Boyce said. "We've been hoping it would happen."
Authorities say they believe Mook is the victim of an aggravated kidnapping and/or intentional homicide. Deputies are continuing to seek evidence on Mook's whereabouts, the sheriff said.
"I'm hoping the reward will bring more clues," Boyce said. "We haven't heard much lately, nothing solid yet. We're just sitting, watching and looking. We'll keep hammering away."
Mook was last seen Feb. 28 at the home of her ex-husband, Tyler Mook, on Nashville Dirt Road north of Shelbyville, where she had dropped off their daughter. Shelley Mook's car was discovered burning near Murfreesboro later that night.
Authorities have since conducted several searches for evidence, many near the Nashville Dirt Road home.
Haslam said he is making the reward available at the request of 17th Judicial District Attorney Gen. Charles Crawford and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.
Shelley Mook's family is also offering a $10,000 reward for information.
The second $10,000 reward involves Lydia Naomi Gutierrez of Gallatin, who was stabbed and strangled in her apartment Aug. 12, 2010 while her two sons, ages 1 and 2, were present. A third son, who was 8, found his mother's body when he got home from school.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Zaylee Grace Fryer, who was 4 months old at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen May 1.
The baby and her mother, Shauna Fryar, were reported missing from their home in Millersville on May 5. On May 7, the mother's body was recovered from the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville around the area of the Shelby Street Bridge.
"These are terrible crimes against women and children, and I hope these rewards will encourage anyone with information about any of these cases to contact the appropriate authorities immediately," Haslam said.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is urged to call the TBI at (800) TBI-FIND.