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Police Find Missing School Teacher's Burned-Out Car

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Shelley Mook, age 24 (Photo courtesy Shebyville Times Gazette) Shelley Mook, age 24 (Photo courtesy Shebyville Times Gazette)

BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - A missing Shelbyville middle school teacher's car has been found engulfed in flames on a main Rutherford County road.

In the back of a Murfreesboro Towing company lot, the burned car sits. It is said to belong to 25-year-old Shelley Mook who hasn't been seen or heard from since Monday.

"We're just going to go at it whole hearted and see what we can come up with," said Bedford County sheriff Randall Boyce. "It's still up in the air what has happened, but we're going to go at it and see."

The teacher from Harris Middle School in Shelbyville was last seen leaving work Monday. Sheriff Boyce said she went to her ex-husband's home to drop off their daughter.

"I guess like other divorce couples they've had their squabbles, but nothing elaborate that we know of yet." said Boyce.

That same night, Monday, Mook's car was found in flames on the side of Broad Street in Rutherford County.

It wasn't until after she was reported missing on Wednesday that authorities found out the now burned Pontiac Grand Prix belonged to Mook.

"It sets off a red flag and we're concerned and we're looking. We'll try to turn her up pretty quick," says Boyce.

Sheriff Boyce said when Mook did not show up to work on Wednesday, her friends became worried.

After calling around and finding no one heard from her since Monday, they knew something was wrong.

"She's left this child and they say this would normally never happen," Boyce added.

Mook had recently been divorced, and had just gotten an apartment in Murfreesboro with her young daughter in the last week.

With the case crossing two counties, Sheriff Boyce says they have very few clues as to what happened after Mook left her daughter at her ex-husband's home.

"We're not sure what happened at this point, but we will get to the bottom of it," said Boyce.

Sheriff Boyce said Mook graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. He said they have been in contact with Mook's family in Pennsylvania and that her mother is planning to come down.

Bedford County's sheriff said Mook's daughter is currently staying with her grandparents near Manchester.

Officials have asked anyone who has seen her, or who has information about her disappearance, to call the Shelbyville Police Department at 931-684-5811.

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