Amber Alert issued for teen last seen with sex offender in Marion


Hayleigh Wilson
Hayleigh Wilson

The hunt is on for a missing teenage girl from Tennessee who was last seen at a Walmart in North Carolina.

Investigators say 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson left her home in Surgoinsville, Tenn., around 10 p.m. Monday. She was later spotted at a Walmart in Marion early Tuesday morning.

At the time, she was seen with a 41-year-old sex offender from Georgia, who is wanted for failing to register.

That man, Benjamin “Ben” 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.

An East Tennessee Amber Alert has been activated by the Surgionsville Police Department.

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 800-TBI-FIND.