Investigators Search State Park For Missing Teacher
By Mark Bellinger
CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. - The TBI led a search of Henry Horton State Park for a missing school teacher on Wednesday.
Shelly Mook has been missing more than 3 months. She is presumed dead.
TBI agents and several people from local law enforcement agencies combed over Henry Horton Park and the Duck River. They were looking for anything that might lead them to her.
Investigators found a few items, but they wouldn't be specific and they were not sure if they belong to Mook.
They want to find her body, but they haven't had any luck.
A TBI command center and dozens of investigators from several agencies invaded a parking lot at the park.
Vernon Elliott was there eating lunch with his wife.
"You know it just seems strange that she would be missing for this long," said Elliot.
Mook has been missing since February 28. She was last seen dropping off her six-year-old daughter at her ex-husband's home in Shelbyville.
Less than 24 hours after Mook disappeared, police found her burned up car in Murfreesboro.
TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Mook's ex-husband has not been cooperative.
"Anytime you have somebody who is not really helping you who may have been the last person to see someone. That makes it difficult as well," Helm said.
She said new information gathered by police suggest Mook may have been near or in the park when she disappeared.
"This area might have been one of the last places anybody may have had contact with Shelly or one of the places she may have been before she disappeared," Helm added.
The search teams Wednesday included a K-9 unit from Maury County. The cadaver dog named Buford is a pure bred Bloodhound. His handler just waited to be called, but it never happened while we were there.
"They would find something that might peak their interest and then he can check and he'll either give a negative or a positive of whether they want to check it further," said his handler.
Investigators had some success. They found some things, but Helm would not be specific. She said investigators were not sure if they belonged to Mook.
It was a difficult search. The temperatures were in the 90s most of the day.
Friends and family members are still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance.