Just over one month has elapsed since 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo went missing from her Parsons, TN home on April 13, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. CDT.
That somber anniversary has been marked with a fund raising march at Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville, TN on Saturday, May 14, and a number of headlines that investigators are on the verge of cracking the case, as reported by CBS Crimesider, WSMV-TV Channel 4, WTVF-TV, MSNBC, Reuters, and other news sources published on May 13-14, 2011.
However, there has been no official word from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), who recently said they are getting more leads than they can handle, including hundreds of calls considered to be rumors. More than 1,000 such leads have been processed.
TBI Agent John Mehr told Reuters on May 11, 2011, “We have lots of positive leads. That’s the key. We ask people to continue giving us information. We hope we will have a positive ending to this case.”
It has not been easy for the Bobo family. “You know investigators are frustrated, the family is frustrated, the community is frustrated that we haven’t brought Holly back home to her mom and dad,” family spokesman Kevin Bromley told WTVF-TV in Nashville, TN.
Ms. Bobo, a cousin of country singer Whitney Duncan, attended the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM). She was on her way to classes when the 5-feet-3-inches tall, 110 pounds attractive student was last seen one month ago wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans, leaving her home in rural Decatur County accompanied by a man dressed in camouflage pattern clothing.
Until bad weather set in during April, bringing torrential rains, flooding, and an onslaught on tornados throughout the southeastern states on April 25-28, 2011, causing massive numbers of deaths and destruction to property, hundreds of volunteers had been scouring the area, searching for clues, as shown in the attached slide show and video clip.
Those organized searches have ended, although the TBI and local law enforcement have assured the public they are continuing to look for the missing woman, and process new information that pours in on a toll free hot line, 800-824-3463.
Filling the vacuum, and perhaps another sign of the desperation experienced by loved ones, has been comments on May 13 by noted clairvoyant Carla Baron, who is seen in the documentary series “Haunting Evidence” on Court TV, that she has been in discussions with Holly’s parents, Dana and Karen Bobo, to provide psychic consultations to them.
Another paranormal investigator, Benjamin Radford, a deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, had previously published an article which compiled a sampling of psychic information that has surfaced from various contributors.
Officials have played down the importance of such help, although the FBI and other agencies have used psychic detectives in other cases.
In the small community of Parsons, TN, that has a population of about 2,500 and a motto saying “Take Pride in Parsons!”, from the churches, to the hair salons, restaurants, and fabric store along Main Steen and Avenue N, residents of the close knit town pass along gossip, and exchange thoughts and prayers for Ms. Bobo’s safe return.
The pink T-shirts that have been sold to raise funds and awareness, along with a reward of $80,000 continue to focus attention on this mystery, and bring hope that it may soon be solved.
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