The disappearance of Holly Bobo is approaching its first anniversary in less than a week, and it doesn't appear that the investigation is leading anywhere definitive. In fact, the case is still as weird as it was from the first day with no definitive evidence pointing to the missing Tennessee woman's whereabouts. The suspicious family members and ambiguous statements made by the TBI still haven't appeared to diminish over the past 11 1/2 months of her case. So what's going on?
The newest update in the Holly Bobo case isn't anything to do with the investigation, but with remembering the missing nursing student, who was 20 years old when she vanished from her home in Darden, Tennessee. A motorcycle ride is expected to run through the area in remembrance of the missing woman, and a memorial will be held at Corinth Baptist Church next week as well. However, it's unnerving that there haven't been any new details in the actual case.
There haven't appeared to be any publicized leads in the case since the first couple of months of the woman's disappearance. What stands out most in this entire story is the behavior of Holly's brother and other family members regarding what happened to her on the morning of April 13, 2011. Clint Bobo alleges that he watched his sister leave the family property with a man dressed in camouflage hunting gear. First, it was reported that the woman was "dragged" from the property. In fact, upon early investigation it was deemed that there were no "drag marks" leaving the property. The story coming from Clint Bobo changed apparently to her being "led" from the property, and then the story evolved to her simply "walking away" but under duress? Reports have said these inconsistencies are due to poor communication between investigators and the Bobo family, but is that really acceptable? Is "poor communication" ever acceptable when a person's life is hanging in the balance?
Once this case reaches a year old, it could be technically classified as a cold case. However, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation claims that this is an actively open case that is still being investigated. There are no status changes as far as persons of interest go, and they have never named an actual suspect in Holly's disappearance. Could it be because they do in fact have their eyes on the suspicious individuals in this case, but are not yet ready to release their findings? Without Holly it's hard to go further with an investigation, so it's probably safe to say that we may never know anything until this young woman is found -- and how will she be found?
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