The Holly Bobo search and info facebook group reported that a hotel pass key was discovered near an area, where other items of interest were found by a ground searcher. They claim a passkey was bagged into evidence by a Tennessee State Patrolman.
I emailed Kristin Helm with the TBI to confirm the above information and she replied that no hotel pass key was discovered, and that the search for Holly Bobo is not expanding, contrary to claims made on the Holly Bobo search and info group on Facebook.
We will continue to update the latest in the search for missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo.
Here is more information on the case, from a 5/9/11 segment on “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, heartache and despair for a mom who spent Mother`s Day pleading for her missing daughter`s safe return. Holly Bobo, cousin of country music star Whitney Duncan has been missing for almost a month now. And cops are still tight-lipped about any new clues. What do they know that they are not telling us?
Holly`s brother told cops his sister was dragged away — he saw it — by a man wearing camouflage. At first, he says he thought it was Holly`s boyfriend who often wears camouflage so he wasn`t worried. But then her brother says he found blood on the driveway.
This is a very small town. Parsons, Tennessee, only has about 2,500 residents. Investigators think whoever took Holly is a local. Somebody can solve this mystery. Somebody can help. Somebody out there knows who took Holly Bobo. Look at this beautiful girl.
We are taking your calls, 1-877-JVM-SAYS.
Now, I`m very delighted to have with us tonight Tammy Raimey, a close friend of the Bobo family. She has been out there searing for Holly.
Tammy thank you so much for joining us. We know that this has been very difficult. When is the last time you searched? Because I understand that there was a search this past weekend, Tammy?
TAMMY RAIMEY, CLOSE FRIEND OF THE BOBO FAMILY (via telephone): Well, I was out of town this weekend. And I had been told that there was a search, but I don`t know if that was just a volunteer search of some people that got together or if it was an official police search.
I`ve been told that the police have been still doing their searches. But I do know that the law enforcement has been scaled way back.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: Really? Well there`s a lot of talk about Holly`s brother because obviously, he`s the one who says he saw Holly being led away by the suspect, the mystery man. Now Clint Bobo, the brother, has reportedly said he thought it was Holly`s boyfriend because the person was wearing camouflage and Holly`s boyfriend reportedly wears camouflage a lot.
The Bobo family says Clint Bobo has been cleared of any involvement. But Tammy, you`re a friend of the family. What do you know about the brother and the boyfriend? Tell us. Paint a picture of these two individuals so we can understand some of the key characters in this case. It might be helpful.
RAIMEY: They are both good boys. I mean, you know, that`s just all you can call them. They are good boys. They`ve been raised right. You know, they enjoy the outdoors. They are hard working. Going to school; there is — you know, there is no way either one of those were involved in any way.
And, you know, they had cleared Clint and the boyfriend. Of course, that issue keeps being brought up. And people say, well, I doubt it. Well, there is not a doubt in my mind.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hang on. We`ll get to more on the other side — Holly Bobo
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DANA BOBO, FATHER OF HOLLY BOBO: It might have been somebody close, somebody that kind of knew our routine and when I left, when she left and when my daughter left to go to school and what I got in my mind, but I don`t know what.
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VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was Holly Bobo`s father trying to keep it together. What happened to his precious daughter Holly? You know what? The town is small. It`s Parsons, Tennessee. I would think cops would eventually be able to interview every single resident. There`s only 2,500 of them.
Searchers found Holly`s lunch box three days after she disappeared eight miles from her house. And they also found something else that belongs to Holly but they won`t say what it is that they found on the side of some road. We`ve never heard if Holly had a cell phone on her or not.
Here`s my big issue: mutually suspicious.
Tammy Raimey, you`re a friend of the family, you live in the area. Are people in this town looking at one another suspiciously because cops have said it`s a local?
RAIMEY: Well, no not really. You know, we`re uncomfortable wondering is it someone still around us? Do we need to be worried? If this person is, you know, was it just Holly the target or could there be more? But no, as far as looking suspiciously at each other, I would say no.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: The fact that Holly`s cousin is Whitney Duncan a country music star, is bringing national attention to this case and here she is singing on the Warner Music group label.
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(MTV OF WHITNEY DUNCAN)
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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Levi Page, host of “The Levi Page Show” you are in Nashville, Tennessee. Obviously she is a major story. It`s bringing attention this case. Is that helping police or is it just really creating more noise?
PAGE: Well, Jane, this country music star initially did speak in the beginning, defending Clint Bobo via interviews in the media and also via Facebook and Twitter, but the family has been very tight-lipped. I don`t know if the police are telling them not to cooperate or not to speak to the media and be out in the media or not, but do I have a couple of updates. You mentioned some searches.
We know that last weekend, a couple of weeks ago there was a search in Henderson County, Tennessee where a, quote, “significant police presence was located there”. We don`t know if they found anything. We also know that the police have said that they are starting to identify persons of interest in this case.
And we do know that the police have been interviewing a lot of people in this town. They would stop people randomly and they created checkpoints throughout this town and the surrounding areas. And nobody in this case has been 100 percent ruled out. I just want to clarify that. But they seem to have moved on from immediate family members and friends.
And one thing that I`m still wondering about was why did Clint Bobo claim that his sister was dragged when police went to the home and said that there were no drag marks away from the home? Was she dragged or led? I mean that`s a question that needs to be asked.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to give Tammy, a friend of the family, the last word on that. Because you could drag somebody and not have drag marks, Tammy.
RAIMEY: I don`t believe that is what Clint ever told them. I think that was bad wording from the TBI from the very start.
PAGE: Thank you.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. We`re going to stay on top of this, Tammy. Thank you. Our hearts go out to you.