Elizabeth Smart joins effort to find Tenn. student

♦ Authorities are looking for 20-year-old Holly Bobo, a west Tennessee nursing student. Investigators believe Bobo was abducted from her home on April 13, 2011. Authorities say that her 25-year-old brother told investigators that he saw her talking outside with a man, then found blood. The Jackson Sun reports that Elizabeth Smart, who survived a nine-month-long kidnapping as a teenager, has been in contact with the Bobo family. Smart was 14 when she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was found nine months later within 20 miles of her home. Anyone with information on Bobo’s disappearance is urged to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

SOURCE: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504083_162-10007417-6.html?tag=page

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♦ Description Of Holly Bobo ♦

Missing Since : 04/13/11
Missing From: Darden,Tennessee
Classification: Missing Endangered
White Female
Age at Disappearance: 20
Date of Birth: 10/12/90
Height: 5’3
Weight: 110
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Jewelry: Pierced ears
Clothing: pink shirt and light-colored jeans.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Holly Lynn Bobo was last seen early on the morning of April 13, 2011, outside of her home in Darden, Tennessee. She was seen being led away from the carport of her home toward a wooded area by a man described as approximately 5’8″ to 6’0″ tall and 200 pounds, wearing camouflage clothing.

Investigative Agency Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Tennessee) 615-744-4000

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West Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo  has been missing for a year and police say they still get information on the  case almost daily.

It was on April 13, 2011, that the 20-year-old woman disappeared from her  rural home in Parsons. Her brother said he saw her being led into the woods by a  man in hunting gear.

The reward fund for information has grown to $250,000.

The Jackson Sun reports that District Attorney Hansel McCadams said not all  of the information received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation amounts to  new leads in the disappearance, but they are working on the case every day.

“Holly’s investigation is still ongoing,” he said. “As long as investigators  receive new information a case stays open, and the TBI receives new information  on the case almost daily.”

Corinth Baptist Church pastor Don Franks continues to raise publicity for the  young woman who used to sing in his church in Darden.

“We are as determined as ever to find Holly,” he said. “Every day we work on  trying to locate the new pieces of information we need.”

Church members have distributed flyers about the case written in Spanish  during mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and other countries.  Commercial truck drivers have carried Bobo’s picture all across the United  States. Cards with similar pictures sit beside convenience store cash registers  across Tennessee and other states. In Decatur County, pink ribbons hang on trees, mail boxes and fence posts to  signify the community’s mourning over the missing woman.

“We have done everything we can to bring Holly home,” Franks said. “We are a  year closer than we were last year. And law enforcement is determined to solve  this case.”

On Friday, several events will be held in Bobo’s honor, starting with a  speaker from the TBI at Riverside High School. The “Take 25 Campaign” is  designed to teach children safety tips, Franks said, and has been implemented in  all of the county’s public schools. He said Riverside will be the final school  in the county to fingerprint children in case of an emergency.

A prayer vigil will be held at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a motorcycle  ride from the Corinth Baptist Church to Scotts Hill High School, which Bobo had  attended. At 6:55 p.m., balloons will be released at the school in her  honor.

“We just ask people to keep the pictures going out and the prayers going up,”  Franks said. “We want to bring Holly home.”

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A Facebook page was set-up called ”Bring Holly Bobo Home Safe” → http://www.facebook.com/#!/BHBHS