Elizabeth Smart Speaks to Encourage Holly Bobo's Friends & Family
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - A message of hope in the now 16 month search for missing Decatur County nursing student Holly Bobo. Monday night's message was delivered by Elizabeth Smart, 24, who was abducted at age 14 from her Salt Lake City home and survived nine months of captivity. The Bobo family said Elizabeth Smart's abduction back in 2002 has many similarities to Holly Bobo's kidnapping in April 2011. The fact that Elizabeth returned home, gives them even more encouragement to continue searching for their loved one. Smart spoke at Scotts Hill High School, the same place Holly Bobo graduated in 2009. Smart shared the story of her abduction and survival to nearly 1,000 people. The Bobo family is hopeful her story will encourage the community to stay active in the search for Holly. Smart said her community's backing made a difference to her. "People looking for me, posters of me, ribbons tied up, and I can't tell you how much comfort that brought me knowing that people still cared and how they hadn't given up on me," said Elizabeth Smart. Smart encouraged everyone to stick together, saying Holly will only be found if no one gives up on her.