PARSONS, Tennessee (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — Nearly 200 people gathered together Saturday morning for the “Helping Holly Run” motorcycle ride in support of Holly Bobo and her family.
Holly is the 20-year-old nursing student who was abducted from outside her Darden, Tennessee home on April 13. [Slideshow with photos of Saturday’s event on left side bar.]
Mother’s whose children go missing, regardless of their child’s age, have a very tough time speaking publicly. It was no less difficult for Holly’s mom, Karen Bobo, who said Saturday, “To whoever has our daughter, I’m asking you to please do the right thing and let her come home.”
“And to Holly,” she said. “We love you and we miss you, and we will never stop looking for you until we have you back home safely with us.”
Karen then thanked volunteers who attended the event as well as all those who have worked to find Holly since the day she was abducted.
Just before taking off for the ride one of the bikers said, “It’s a small town. Everybody knows everybody – it’s personal.”
“Holly represents the hope for us. We know Holly’s out there and we would love to have Holly come home,” Mary Beth Duke said Saturday.
Over 150 motorcycle riders and their bikes could be seen lined up and ready to go – they were there to raise awareness that Holly is still missing, to show support for her family, and to help raise funds to offset the costs of searching for Holly.
“People don’t realize how difficult it is financially on families whose loved ones go missing,” one local said. “I know, I’ve watched them suffer through this and it’s been so difficult on everyone. I’m so thankful to everyone who came out to support the Bobos. I know they’d do the same for anyone else, that’s the kind of people they are.”
Holly’s pastor, Don Franks, said the Bobos spent Saturday morning searching for evidence about 10 miles west of Decatur County Middle School where the motorcycle event took place.
“I’ve been ministering for 52 years,” Bro. Franks said, “and I’ve never seen a family that’s gone through this level of anxiety, suffering, and pain.” He’s been the pastor of the church the Bobos attend, Corinth Baptist Church in Darden for 25 years.
“Our faith has been tried, but it’s still strong,” he said. “We still have faith to believe that we are going to find her and we’re going to bring her home.”
Mary Beth said riders gathered at Decatur County Middle School Saturday morning to show their support for Holly and her family.
“It started raining this morning as bikes came in. Before we left the sun came out and God smiled on us! There were 160 motorcycles registered that rode today,” Mary Beth said. “There were no injuries and everything ran without a problem. We were blessed with over 50 volunteers, some not even members of TRRA.”
Jane, who attended Saturday’s event, said that she lives about 50 miles from Parsons and from her house to the school she could see “Praying for Holly” on billboards and pink bows still on mailboxes – all indications no one’s giving up hope that Holly will be found.
She said, “There are Holly Bobo posters in every single window when you go into a store.” She said it is impressive to see all the people who still care so much about Holly and her family.
She added, “It was a very emotional day in Parsons. There were businesses closed on Main Street so the owners could participate, and the atmosphere was so emotional you could feel the love wherever you were.
“I know the Bobo family felt an overwhelming sense of it all. I wish you all could have been there.”
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