Officials ask residents for help in finding Holly Bobo

(CBS)- Investigators may have a better sense of -- who -- is behind the dissappearance of a missing college student from Decatur County.
It is now day 5 in the search for 20 year-old Holly Bobo.

A TBI spokesperson confirmed on Saturday, the search for a missing college co-ed is just that: a search; not a recovery effort, at least not yet.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm confirmed to NewsChannel 5 that an undisclosed amount of blood was, in fact, found at the crime scene Wednesday morning. She said that blood sample is currently undergoing DNA sampling, to confirm whose blood it is. Helm also said both Holly Bobo's brother, Clint, and her boyfriend have been officially cleared as suspects.

Holly Bobo was abducted from her home by a man wearing camouflage Wednesday morning. The searchers returned Saturday morning looking for signs of the 20-year-old a day after finding her lunchbox.

Her brother last saw her Wednesday morning walking into the woods with an unknown man. The TBI does not believe she went willingly.

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TBI press release:
Parsons, TN- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies assisting in the search for 20-year-old Holly Bobo is asking for people in the Parsons community to take notice of anyone who's whereabouts were unaccounted for Wednesday morning when Holly went missing and changes in behavior since the incident. Holly disappeared from her home located on Swan Johnson Road between 7:40am and 8:00am on April 13th , 2011.

It's possible the suspect missed work or appointments last Wednesday, Thursday or Friday unexpectedly. He may also have excessively cleaned a car or ATV, suddenly sold a vehicle or reported it stolen. The suspect may be showing signs of anxiety or stress in the last few days.

Law enforcement has received more than 250 leads regarding Holly's disappearance and each of them has been or is currently being followed up on. Search teams continued looking for clues or evidence related to the case between I-40 and Gooch Road, the I-40 business district and the Natchez State Park in Henderson County.

The community is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Holly's disappearance. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call 1-800-TBI- FIND.


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  • by Timbo Location: Blaine on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the authorities and volunteers looking for her in hopes that they find her alive, safe, and sound. I would sure hate to think that this incident would become one of CBS's future "Criminal Minds" episodes.

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