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Amber Alert issued for Tenn. teen spotted in NC Walmart with sex offender

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Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook

MARION, N.C. — An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl from east Tennessee.

Hayleigh Wilson disappeared from her home in Surgoinsville Town, Tenn., Monday night.

Tuesday morning someone reported seeing her with Benjamin Shook in a Walmart in Marion, N.C.

Shook is wanted in Georgia for failure to register as a sex offender.

Wilson is described as a white female who is 5-foot-5-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has black hair and hazel eyes.

Shook is a white male who is 6-foot-3-inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Wilson and Shook may be traveling in a maroon Ford Explorer Sport Trac with the Tennessee license plate D6020D.

Anyone with information regarding this abduction is asked to call the Surgionsville Police Department immediately at (423) 272-7121 or call 911.

AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. The acronym was derived in honor of Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. The third-grader was dragged, screaming, off her bicycle as she rode near her grandparents’ home in Arlington, Texas. Her body was found four days later in a creek. As a result of her death, Dallas broadcasters developed a local alert program, the first of its kind and modeled after storm warning alerts.