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Holly Bobo Reward Increases, Conditions Change

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. -- It's been more than 2 years since nursing student Holly Bobo disappeared.

Her family is now offering more money for information leading to an arrest and changing the conditions for the reward.

"As a parent.. I don't see how you could ever give up hope," Karen Bobo says 2 years and 8 months later, she still works every day to find her daughter.

"Every morning I get up and I think I don't want to get up today. Well I'm getting up because I have a job to do and that job is to keep my daughter's name and picture out there. Keep people looking, keep people praying," Bobo said.

This past weekend Bobo's friends and family handed out 2,500 flyers showing the new reward: $250,000.

$50,000 is from the state and the other $200,000 from private donations.

The previous reward was for Holly's safe return, now it is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who abducted her.

"Looking for that missing piece, knowing somebody out there holds the key and just begging for them to turn it in," Bobo said.

Investigators say Holly was last seen by her brother walking into the woods with a man no one has been able to identify.

Karen says the days don't get easier but she won't lose hope, especially now.

"When you think of Christmas you think of being with family and the people you love. So we thought it was a good time to change the wording of the reward just hoping someone gives us that miracle," Bobo said.

The reward was previously $85,000. The TBI says the case remains open. If you have information in the Bobo case call the TBI hotline at 1-800-TBI-FIND.