Bobo Family Talks about Search
It has now been 10 weeks since Holly Bobo disappeared from outside her Decatur County home. In that time, her mom and dad have only spoken publicly once. But, Wednesday, they broke their silence, along with Holly’s brother Clint, and talked exclusively with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. A new normal, that is how Clint describes his life since April 13. That was the day he saw his sister being walked from their home near Darden by a man wearing camouflage. The 20-year-old nursing student has not been seen since. “I’m getting by day-by-day,” said Clint. “I’m doing OK.” Holly is out of sight but never out of mind for her big brother. He wears at least four different pink bracelets every day in her honor. “I wear these just because this is my life now,” he explained. “This is what I do.” Clint, his mom Karen and dad Dana, devote almost every waking moment to ensuring Holly’s safe return. “We get a little sleep and do a lot of searching,” said Dana. He returned to work at a local tree service company just a few weeks ago. But he still devotes his evenings and weekend to searching with Clint, hoping they will find something in the woods not seen before. The Bobo family clings to hope even in times when the anguish of it all is too much to bear. Barely a moment goes by that the reality of Holly’s disappearance does not bring Karen to tears. She always keeps a picture close for comfort. “I need to see her face everyday,” said Karen. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to release only limited information about their findings. The reason, they say, to protect the integrity of the investigation as it continues to evolve. The TBI says tips are still called in daily and up to 10 agents are assigned exclusively to the Bobo case at any given time. But agents warn those trying to help should steer clear of websites and well-wishers that imply they are assisting in the investigation. Because agents say they are not. Tips should only be called in to the TBI Hotline, which is 1-800-TBI-FIND. The Bobos and investigators alike believe there are people they see in their own communities who know who took Holly. “Anyone out there who has any information, no matter how small you think it is, please, come forward with it and turn that in to authorities,” said Clint. Investigators say they have no reason to believe Holly has been taken out of West Tennessee, which gives Karen hope that her daughter can hear her plea. “We love you and we miss you so much,” said Karen. “We’ll never give up until you’re back home with us.” There is currently a $85,000 reward for information leading to the return of Holly and the arrest of her abductor.