Missing woman's family won't give up search

Missing woman's family won't give up search

February 23rd, 2013 by Louie Brogdon in Local Regional News

Poster for information about missing teenager Holly Bobo.

Since her 22-year-old daughter Holly went missing nearly two years ago, Karen Bobo has had little respite.

"I have two jobs. I did go back to teaching - I had to. That's my day job, but when I get off, and on the weekends, I'm looking for Holly," Karen Bobo said.

Holly Bobo, a nursing student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, disappeared on April 13, 2011, from her West Tennessee home. She was last seen by her older brother, who told police he saw her walking into the woods near her home with a man wearing camouflage. Police found some blood in the area, but not enough to suspect homicide.

Since that day, Holly's family has heard very little good news.

"There's not much laughing, smiling or joy. We try to do some normal things, but it's like time has stood still," Karen Bobo said Friday.

Wearing hooded sweatshirts bearing Holly's likeness, Karen Bobo, and her husband, Dana Bobo, said finding their daughter is always on their minds. Anytime a friend or family member travels, they work to spread the word of Holly's disappearance.

"We send fliers and cards anytime anyone has a vacation or goes out of town," Karen Bobo said. "We just got 25 more big truck decals, those go all over the country."

On Friday, the family stopped to spread the word of their missing daughter in Chattanooga while en route to Atlanta.

Window decals, cards and signs seeking the public's help are a mainstay in the Bobo household, as is talking with police, Dana Bobo said.

"[We have] pretty much daily contact with law enforcement, still, even with as long as it's been," he said.

But talks with police rarely shed light on their daughter's fate or whereabouts, Karen Bobo said.

Some days, the mother said the silence gets to her.

"I'll be honest, for any mother, it's very frustrating that there are no answers, still, after 22 months. But I know they are still working," Karen Bobo said.

Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Friday no further information was available on the case.

"We're still working on it every day, looking for Holly. But we don't have any further information we are going to release on the investigation," Helm said.

One blessing the Bobos have is a large support group.

Through the help of friends, family, religious organizations and local and state governments, the Bobos are offering an $85,000 reward for information leading to Holly's whereabouts and a $250,000 reward for her safe return.

Karen Bobo said Friday that she just wants to see her daughter safely home.

"I want people to continue to pray for Holly's safe return. And, still, somebody knows something. I wish that whoever that is -- I ask that they come forward and give information to the TBI, so we can bring Holly home," Karen Bobo said.