PARSONS, Tennessee (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — As the search for missing nursing student, Holly Bobo, continues, readers have requested one location where they can find my articles. Below is a chronological list of links to the articles, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation News Releases, and general informaiton about Holly’s abduction.
Links to future articles will be added here as they are published. Below are details of Holly’s abduction. There is currently an $85,000 reward for the return of Holly and arrest of her abductor.
ARTICLES & TBI NEWS RELEASES
- Holly Bobo’s family shares painful memories of the morning she vanished
- Holly Bobo: Time heals all wounds, just not when your child is missing
- ‘Holly Bobo Across America’ Campaign: Truck with Holly’s photo heads to Texas
- 3 months later, friend reflects on the morning Holly Bobo went missing
- Holly Bobo: Boyfriend will likely search for Holly on his birthday
- Holly Bobo: ‘Holly Across America’ Campaign kicks off Tuesday
- Holly Bobo & Lauren Spierer missing: Officials don’t believe cases are connected
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Rumor put to rest, no gators in Decatur
- Holly Bobo missing 10 weeks: 160 bikers attend event to raise awareness (Photos)
- Holly Bobo investigation active, rumors case was cold dispelled
- Holly Bobo’s parents and brother break their silence, issue plea for help
- ‘Helping Holly Run’: Motorcycle ride & auction for missing TN nursing student
- Holly Bobo: Missing 2 months, formal plea for her safe return
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Keeping Holly’s story alive ‘Walk for Holly’
- Holly Bobo Abduction: 1-month wrap-up; ‘Someone knows something’
- Holly Bobo Abduction:3-week wrap-up; ‘We’re not giving up on Holly’
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Parents offer thanks, plea for help in finding Holly
- Holly Bobo: Big-city crime comes to small tight-knit community; safety tips
Holly Bobo Abduction: Parents offer thanks, plea for help in finding Holly
- Holly Bobo abduction: Police presence in Henderson County
- Holly Bobo abduction: 2-week-wap-up; rumors dispelled; next steps
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Family hopeful in new development; weather hinders search
- Holly Bobo Search Day 12: ‘Significant’ lead, search efforts continue Monday
- Holly Bobo Breaking News: New item found, search intensifies; message from mom
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Worldwide prayer Easter Sunday for her safe return
- Holly Bobo Search: Search tips; heavy turnout needed for 2nd weekend search
- Holly Bobo Abduction: 3,000 attend vigil, searchers will be out in force Friday
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Spokesman unable to answer questions, criticized
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Week-in-review
- Holly Bobo Search: Day 8 search plans & candlelight vigil; reward at $80,000
- Holly Bobo Search, Day 7: New search tactics, TBI Update
- Holly Bobo Search: TBI says this is no hoax, searchers needed Tue., $75K reward
- TBI News Release – Reward increase, search update
- Holly Bobo abduction: TBI says focus on investigation outside family and friends
- Holly Bobo: Country singer Whitney Duncan on GMA pleads for cousin’s safe return
- TBI News Release – Governor offers reward
- Search for Holly Bobo: Police ask officials to think about past week & to search
- Search for Holly Bobo: Search for Holly ‘nothing short of amazing’ continues
- Taylor Swift forum shares news of abducted teen, nursing student Holly Bobo
- Holly Bobo Search: Plans change for Sunday search
- TBI News Release – Law enforcement seeks public’s help
- Police update in Holly Bobo search: Many new leads, still search effort
- Search for Holly Bobo: Local reporter “Jackets, jeans, courage, and hope needed”
- Expert: Finding Holly Bobo’s lunchbox gives direction, investigation ‘wide open’
- TBI News Release – Press briefing
- TBI News Release – Search continues
- Holly Bobo Update: New clues; brother didn’t witness sister dragged away
- Whitney Duncan: ‘Lord have mercy. I feel like I’m walking in a nightmare’
- Breaking News: Holly Bobo’s cell phone, camouflage clothes found in car
- Holly Bobo Abduction: Family holds press conference, $25,000 reward (video)
- Police say no home invasion when Holly Bobo was abducted, dragged into woods
- Country singer Whitney Duncan’s 20-yr-old cousin abducted, dragged from home
- TBI News Release – Home invasion kidnapping
DETAILS OF HOLLY’S ABDUCTION
Holly Bobo is the 20-year-old Parsons, Tennessee nursing student who was abducted from outside her home on Wednesday, April 13.
Holly’s is one of the largest search efforts in recent time.
Numerous local, state, and federal agencies have joined in the search for Holly including:
- Local police and sheriffs’ departments
- Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP)
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA)
- Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
- Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
Professional searches have been carried out by ground, water, and air.
The TWRA has used sight imaging technology to map the bottom of bodies of nearby waterways. Police have used helicopters and search dogs to assist.
Four Rivers K-9 Search, Rescue and Recovery Team, based in Symsonia, were called in by the TEMA. Volunteers assisted in the effort with the team’s trained canines specializing in cadaver, tracking/trailing, and air scent.
Hundreds of local and out-of-town volunteers have searched for Holly on foot, using ATVs, and on horseback. There were nearly 2,000 search volunteers out searching for Holly on Sunday, April 17, the largest turnout since she was abducted.
The TBI reported that the search was expanded into parts of Henry, Carroll, Benton and Decatur Counties.
Officials have canvassed neighborhoods going door-to-door hoping that someone in the local community will remember something about the days surrounding Holly’s disappearance.
Holly was last seen at about 7:30 a.m. Wed., April 13, heading into the woods.
This was normally the time she would be leaving for the University of Tennessee at Parsons where she took classes studying to become a licensed practical nurse.
Holly’s brother was the last person to see her as she was being led into the woods by a man holding her arm or hand, just outside their Swan Johnson Road home in Parsons, Tenn.
The abductor was described as between 5’8″ to 6′, 180 to 200 pounds, dressed in full camouflaged clothing. Reports indicate Clint believed the man was Holly’s boyfriend. It has been reported officials now believe her abductor may have had a vehicle hidden in the woods.
Some time later the morning of April 13, the actual time has not been reported, Clint went outside and noticed blood on the ground. He became concerned and immediately called 911.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials joined in the search very early on.
By 1 p.m. that day officials with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Communications center confirmed the search for Holly was ongoing.
According to search coordinators, staging areas were set up with all-terrain vehicles and riders on horseback ready to hit the woods as needed.
Officials reported the area surrounding the Bobo home was being searched by canines and helicopters. Holly’s information had already been entered into the Federal National Crime Information Center.
By that time authorities in Decatur and Henderson counties, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations were all searching for Holly.
By 3:20 p.m. that afternoon an update was provided indicating the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations alluded that Holly may have been abducted during a home invasion.
The release stated that Holly was last seen “being drug across the carport” at her home by a “man wearing camouflage clothing.” The man was allegedly seen dragging Holly to a wooded area close to the home.
On April 13, the TBI issued a News Release stating that their agency and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office were actively looking for leads in a possible home invasion and abduction that morning.
The News Release read that Holly Bobo was last seen by a family member being drug across the carport of her home on Swan Johnson Road toward a wooded area by a man wearing camouflage clothing. The TBI’s Violent Crime Response Team was responding to gather evidence at the scene. No vehicle information was available.
On April 14, TBI spokesman John Mayer said the suspect was never inside. That day Holly’s parents made their one and only media appearance pleading for the safe return of their daughter.
By April 15, it was reported that Holly’s brother did not see her being dragged into the woods but rather led into the woods.
Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the TBI, said in an email Monday, April 25, that there was some “miscommunication” and the word “dragged” should have probably been “forced.” She wasn’t sure where the breakdown of communication was.
John Mehr, and agent with the TBI, said the abductor had an arm holding Holly and that their agency felt she was in fear for her life and complied with his demands.
Holly’s screams were heard by a neighbor. There were questions as to why a neighbor heard her scream but there were no reports her brother heard her scream.
The Bobo property is located on just over two acres so it is possible that something a neighbor heard may not have been heard by Holly’s brother. The report did not indicate where the neighbor lived in comparison to the Bobo home.
On April 16, a TBI News release stated that multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were assisting in the search for Holly. Hundreds of volunteers came out to assist in the physical search which was expanded into parts of Henry, Carroll, Benton and Decatur Counties.
Some of Holly’s personal belongings were found on a roadside the evening after she went missing.
Law enforcement officials have said from the beginning that they believe the person who abducted Holly is someone from the local community, and that the person knew her routine of leaving for school at that time of day.
Investigators are processing some 300 leads they’ve received from people across the country.
Sometime Saturday evening or Sunday morning law enforcement announced they’d received a “significant” lead but would not disclose what the lead was as it could hinder their investigation.
Officials say they do not want to get tunnel vision and as such, will not rule anyone or anything out in this case.
Their objective: To find Holly Bobo and bring her abductor to justice.
Holly was last seen wearing a pink shirt, light blue jeans, and tennis shoes. She is 5’3″ and weighs 110 lbs.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department at (731) 852-3911 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).
A reward is being offered and has grown from $25,000 to $80,000.
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Sources: Sources: MidSouthNewz.com, TBI Media Release April 13, TBI Media Release April 16