Search begins again for missing Tennessee woman

PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) — PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) -- A search resumed this morning in West Tennessee where a young nursing student was last seen being dragged from her home by a man wearing camouflage clothing.

About 300 people rejoined the search for 20-year-old Holly Bobo in fair weather, but with a threat of storms beginning tonight.

About 250 volunteers came out to help Wednesday, but the search for Holly Bobo, 20, had to be called off until it was light again, Decatur County Mayor Michael Smith said.

About 50 people had gathered at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Parsons on Thursday morning to help in the search. Most were area residents who wanted to help, but there were also some members of the Decatur County Rescue squad.

Bobo's 25-year-old brother told investigators he saw a man dragging her across the carport at her family home and toward a wooded area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Bobo's brother was inside the house and the kidnapping was outside in the rural area of small, modest homes about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, the TBI said. A spokeswoman would not give more details on what the brother told them.

Since news of the case spread, neighbors and people in nearby communities have poured out to help search, bring food and support family members who are holding together reasonably well, Smith said.

A dispatcher for the Decatur County Sheriff's Office said authorities used dogs and a helicopter in the search Wednesday.

Bobo is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen Wednesday morning wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

Smith said the close-knit community has little crime, so word of this has come as a shock. Parsons has about 2,500 residents.

Bud Grimes, a spokesman for the University of Tennessee at Martin, said Bobo was studying to be a licensed practical nurse through the Tennessee Technology Center. She was taking classes at the university's extension campus in Parsons, but was not a UT-Martin student.

Family friend David Ivey, whose son went to high school with Bobo, said the young woman has an "angelic voice" and loved to show it off in talent contests at school. She also would sing solos at Corinth Baptist Church where she was a member, he said.

Bobo's pastor, Don Franks, said he has known her all her life and said she was "a fine young Christian girl." He said the community response has been exceptional.

"They're searching, bringing food and holding prayer vigils," Franks said. "The whole community is praying for her safety and well-being."
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