The sole person of interest in the murder and disappearance of a Bedford County teacher is headed to jail for a violent crime against another woman.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found Shelley Mook’s burned out car shortly after she vanished five years ago. They have never found her body and never made an arrest.
Investigators named her estranged husband, Tyler Mook, as their top person of interest.
“We’ve gotten very little cooperation from him and from his family,” said Kevin Keele, a private investigator.
Tyler Mook has now been sentenced to 12 years in jail for a different crime.
Police in Florida said he threw his girlfriend, Robin Dunneth, off a boat and held her underwater. Tyler’s brother, Andrew Mook, was able to pull him off.
In March, Tyler Mook was convicted of attempted first-degree murder.
Shelley Mook’s family and friends said they can’t shake the feeling that someone was there when she was murdered. They hope that someone will come forward now that Tyler Mook is going to jail.
“We just hope that someday somebody that was involved that knows something will have the guts to come forward,” said Brittany Brooks, Shelley Mook’s friend.
Friends and family said they are relieved police in Florida got a conviction against Tyler Mook.
“Because he’s not going to be able to do this to someone else,” Brooks said.
They want investigators in Tennessee to do the same.
“He definitely needs to pay for what he did to her. He needs to serve his time for what he did to her,” Brooks said. “No family should ever have to go through this.”
Channel 4 reached out to the TBI for the latest in Shelley Mook’s case, but a spokesperson said they could not comment.
Tyler Mook’s Nashville attorney did not want to make a statement either.
Shelley Mook’s mother was in Florida on Thursday to testify during Tyler Mook’s sentencing hearing. She was reportedly happy about the 12-year sentence because Tyler and Shelley Mook’s daughter will be 18 years old by the time he gets out.