Search for Holly Bobo grows desperate

PARSONS, Tenn. (CBS News) -- A massive search for a young nursing student missing since Wednesday continues in Tennessee.

In the close knit community of Darden, Tenn., the search for Holly Bobo is growing desperate, CBS News correspondent Don Teague reported.

The 20-year-old was allegedly kidnapped from in front of her home by a man dressed in camouflage at about 7:30 am, as she left for class.

Holly's mother Karen Bobo said, "Holly, I love you so much. Please try to get home to us and if anybody knows anything about her please, please help us find her."

Holly was last seen being dragged across the home's carport and into nearby woods by the suspect. Her older brother witnessed it happening and called 911.

Both of Holly's parents had already left for work.

Holly's father Dana Bobo said, "It might have been somebody close that kinda knew our routine, when I left, and when she left, and when my daughter left to go to school."

Authorities say there was blood found outside the home. But have not released many details.

On Thursday, police and up to 400 volunteers searched the woods looking for Holly.

Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said of Holly's family, "You can only imagine what they're going through. They need your help. Thank You."

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information about Holly's disappearance.

As the search continues, the community is praying Holly will come home.

Karen Bobo said, "I just want her back."

Authorities say the possible abductor is a white man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. Teague added the man's face was not seen and authorities say that's not much to go on.

In an "Early Show" interview Sheriff Wyatt said the search Friday will depend on the weather.

He said, "We have thundershowers and thunderstorms in the area now, and it's predicted that it will be very bad today. And it will all depend upon how the weather pattern plays out."

He said the police currently do not have any leads.

Wyatt said, "We're still in our very early stages of investigation, following up every lead, everything that we can find, we're following up on it at this time."

The sheriff said they do not know if he was armed or not.

Wyatt said the community has come together to search for Holly.

"It has been great," he said. This community, as you know, we're in a rural area. The Bobo family live in a rural part of the county. The citizens of this county have turned out tremendously. They've provided food. They have provided search teams. Horseback, foot, we've covered a large area because of them. There's not enough law enforcement in this area to cover that. But the citizens have stepped up, and we're so very appreciative."


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  • by jameseshepherdjr. Location: talbottttennessee on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    if any ony knows where holly bobo is please for the love of god please contact the family&or the police by calling 911,please pray for the safe return of hollybobo .
  • by g Location: uest on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    Seems funny to me that the 25 year old brother didn't do anything, but call 911. Most brothers I know would have been running outside and giving chase.

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