SURGOINSVILLE – An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old Hawkins County girl last seen with a 41-year-old man who has an active
warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.
Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson left her Surgoinsville home on Monday at 10 p.m., according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Authorities said later spotted her on surveillance video at a Walmart in Marion, North Carolina on Tuesday morning in the company of 41-year-old Benjamin ‘Ben’ Shook, a sex offender out of Georgia.
TBI saidShook has an active warrant out of Georgia.
“You don’t know if she’s going to be home tomorrow or a year from now. I want Hayleigh to know that we love her and we want her home, we won’t stop looking for Hayleigh. She’s our little girl,” said the teen’s father Eddie Wilson.
Wilson said the last few days have been every parents’ worst nightmare.
“She’s a respectable little Christian girl, but yet she got lured in,” he said.
There’s the belief Hayleigh met Shook in an online chat room.
“He’s just a total stranger,” said Wilson.
Days after the Amber Alert, the family said they’re worried sick.
“If she was to see this I want her to know that I’ll never quit looking for her,” said Wilson.
He has a simple plea for Shook: “For Hayleigh’s sake I just ask you to be man enough to bring her
home safe. Just let her out and go your own way but bring my little girl home.”
Hayleigh is described as a white female, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.
Shook has several tattoos and was wearing a blue shirt, with “Ford” written on it, dark shorts, a camouflage baseball hat. He is described as a white male, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Investigators believe they may have been driving in a maroon or burgundy (purple) 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Tennessee tag D6020D.
Family members say they’ve not had any contact with Hayleigh yet but say police told them on Tuesday night they received a ping on Shook’s cell phone out of Morristown. The Wilsons say right now Hayleigh and Shook could be anywhere.
If you have any information on Hayleigh Wilson or Ben Shook, contact the Surgionsville Police Department at 423-272-7121 or call 1800-TBI-FIND.