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Items of abducted Tenn. woman found

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PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) - Searchers have found some items that belong to a western Tennessee nursing student abducted from her home by a man wearing full hunting camouflage, investigators said Friday.
     
Holly Bobo, 20, was taken Wednesday morning and despite a massive search, hasn't been seen since.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials confirmed that some of her belongings were discovered Thursday night but would not say what they were.

According to separate accounts from TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm and special agent John Mehr, Bobo's 25-year-old brother Clint saw his sister outside the house with a man before she was taken at around 7:30 a.m. But he only saw the man from the back, and he thought he was her boyfriend.

He did not become suspicious until he went outside and saw blood. Then he called 911. Mehr said the brother is not a suspect. Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said earlier there are no suspects.

Helm said the TBI has not yet confirmed whether the blood belonged to Holly Bobo, who was on her way to her college classes when she disappeared.

The TBI had previously said Bobo was dragged from her home near Parsons, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis. On Friday, Mehr clarified that she was being held by the hand or arm, but not in a forceful manner.

Local deputies began searching for her shortly after her abduction and it has expanded to include multiple law enforcement agents and dozens of volunteers by nightfall.

Heavy rain on Friday initially slowed the search through rugged terrain, but a midday break in the weather allowed it to resume.

Bobo's parents pleaded Thursday for help from the public. Her father, Dana Bobo, told reporters they suspect she was taken by someone who knew when family members came and went from the house.

"I just have a feeling it might have been somebody close, who knew our routine - when she (his wife) left, when I left, when our daughter left," Dana Bobo said.

"Holly, I love you so much," her mother, Karen Bobo, an elementary school teacher, said through sobs. "... She's just so precious, you don't even know."

Even Wyatt choked back tears as he reiterated the plea for help.

"This family - we can only imagine what they're going through," he said. "They need your help."

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