Family, friends hold vigil for missing teacher - WKRN News 2

Family, friends hold vigil for missing teacher


SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Family, friends, co-workers and students of Shelley Mook gathered on the square in Shelbyville Sunday night to hold a vigil.

They called it a strength vigil, because they are praying for strength as they search for Mook.

The 25-year-old middle school teacher vanished after she dropped her nine-year-old daughter off at her ex-husband's house last Monday.

"My daughter, Shelley, is a very loving, energetic woman who loves her family and daughter very much," Mook's mother Debora Sikora said. "We just want to bring her home so she can hug her daughter again and I can hug my daughter."

Sikora came to Shelbyville from her home in Pennsylvania to help with the search for her daughter. Mook's brother, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends also came to Shelbyville.

"I am holding on to hope," Sikora said. "I am going to bring her home and I am going to see my daughter again."

Mook was reported missing after she failed to report to work on Wednesday at Harris Middle School.

Thursday, investigators recovered Mook's burned car from Rutherford County. She had been moving into a new home in Murfreesboro when she disappeared.

Neighbors of Mook's ex-husband, Tyler Mook, told Nashville's News 2 investigators appeared to be searching his house Friday night.

Mook and an unidentified man were seen outside the home on Old Nashville Dirt Road Sunday afternoon. They declined to comment when approached by Nashville's News 2.

Bedford County investigators would not comment on the investigation. Mook's husband has not been charged with any crime in connection with her disappearance.

Mook's brother Patrick Jones told Nashville's News 2 his sister would never spend so much time away from family without calling them.

"She would always stay in constant contact, especially with my mother," he said. "It has been difficult just having my mom here and the rest of our family it has given us renewed strength."

Brittany Brooks grew up with Mook. She drove to Shelbyville from Erie, Pennsylvania to help searchers. She also organized the strength vigil.

"We are not going to give up hope," she said. "We are not going to give up our strength we have been bombarded with support and well wishes."

More than 100 people gathered at the vigil holding candles. They also wore pink and green ribbons, Mook's favorite colors.

Investigators were expected to hold a press conference Monday to update the public about Mook's disappearance.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to Mook's whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Mook's disappearance should contact the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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