14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson of Surgoinsville, Tennessee, was last seen in a Marion, North Carolina, Wal-Mart this past Tuesday with a 41-year-old sex offender, Benjamin Shook of Georgia. The pair is said to have met on the instant messaging app Kik.
As I have posted in the past Kik is a well know too in the arsenal of pedophiles and sex offenders to meet victims. Also a smart phone does not necessarily need to even be active for Kik to be used as long as a wi-fi connection can be found.
Shook was released from prison in 2014 and was registered as a sex offender but never updated his information after that.
Shook was wearing a blue shirt with “Ford” written on it, dark shorts and a camouflage baseball hat. He has multiple tattoos.
Hayleigh was wearing a flowery shirt.
Hayleigh and Shook may be in a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Maroon in color with Tennessee tag D6020D.
If you have any information on Hayleigh Wilson or Ben Shook, contact the Surgionsville Police Department at 423-272-7121 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
My prayers go out to her family for her safe return.
UPDATE: The vehicle they had been driving has been found in Grayson County, Virginia, but neither Hayleigh nor Shook have been found as of yet.
UPDATE 6/29/2015: Here are some security cam photos recently released out of Virginia.
The US Marshalls are now offering a reward for information that leads to Hayleigh’s safe return.
The pair is also said to have received a ride from an unsuspecting stranger and are believed to be on foot in the area near Sugar Grove, Virginia.
UPDATE 7/6/2015: Investigators have released new photos of Shook.
UPDATE 7/6/2015 II: Police now believe the pair to be in the vicinity of Rural Retreat, Virginia.
UPDATE 7/7/2015: Both Hayleigh Wilson and Shook have been found alive by US Marshalls in Virginia. A press conference is scheduled for later today.
UPDATE 7/7/2015 II: Hayleigh was recovered unharmed while Shook was taken in without incident. The press conference can also be seen at that link.
UPDATE 6/5/2016: Shook is scheduled to plead guilty to charges of kidnapping, enticement of a minor, interstate transport of a minor, interstate travel for illegal sexual activity and interstate travel by an unregistered sex offender. He is facing a sentence of 20 years to life.
UPDATE 6/11/2016: Shook has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
UPDATE 10/3/2016: Federal prosecutors are recommending a life sentenced for Shook. Sentencing is now scheduled for November 17th.
UPDATE 10/9/2016: It seems that I must have misread the previous article as a judge has sentenced Shook to life plus five years.