Holly Bobo Missing: Student's Family Hopeful Renewed Efforts Will Bring New Tips

09/05/2012 04:22 pm ET

The family of Holly Bobo, a young Tennessee nursing student who disappeared in 2011, is hoping a new tip box at the county fair will help garner new leads.

The tip box is inside an unmanned booth at the Decatur County Fairgrounds, according to Chris Williams, director of operations for Southeast Canine Search and Rescue.

"They put it in an area where there is not a whole lot of foot traffic so if somebody wants to put a tip in, they can do so [anonymously]," Williams told The Huffington Post. "The thought is that if somebody has some information and they are afraid to come forward, maybe they will put a tip in the box."

The fairgrounds are about 10 miles from the community where Bobo disappeared. Her family has placed similar boxes at fairs in Harry, Chester and Huntington counties. The boxes have resulted in some tips, but the value of that information is unknown, Williams said.


Authorities in western Tennessee have been searching for Bobo, the cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan, since April 13, 2011. Then 20, Bobo was last seen that morning outside her one-story, ranch-style house in Darden, a small community about 100 miles northeast of Memphis.

A neighbor called 911 when she heard a woman screaming shortly after 7:30 a.m. Bobo's 25-year-old brother, who was inside his sister's house at the time, also called 911.

According to police, Bobo's brother said he saw a man dressed in camouflage clothing drag his sister through the carport next to the home and into a wooded area behind it. A small puddle of blood was later discovered by the carport.

Local and state law enforcement authorities coordinated a massive search behind Bobo's home. Investigators found items that belonged to her, such as a lunch bag and cell phone, but nothing to suggest where she was taken. Authorities do, however, suspect Bobo's abduction was premeditated.

Williams has been leading searches for Bobo, and plans to hold another this weekend and on Sept. 22 and 23.

"One of the areas we plan to search is in Holladay. I can't really go into why, but we have a real good reason we are searching that area," Williams said.

Community volunteers are welcome to join in the search efforts, but they are asked to preregister at southeastk9sar.org.

Williams said Holly's parents and her brother continue to conduct daily searches for their missing loved one.

Pastor Kevin Bromley at First Baptist Church, who typically speaks to the media on behalf of Bobo's family, did not return calls from The Huffington Post for comment Wednesday. HuffPost has left multiple messages for Bromley since Bobo's disappearance, but they have not been returned.

Bobo is described as a white, 5-foot-3-inch female, 110 pounds, with blond hair. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans. Bobo's abductor is described as 5-feet-10 inches to 6 feet tall and around 200 pounds. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 615-744-4000. For more information, visit www.findinghollybobo.com.

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