Spokesperson says Holly Bobo's family remains hopeful
PARSONS, Tenn. – As the search continues in rural Decatur County for missing nursing student Holly Bobo, the 20-year-old's family continues to hold out hope, according to a family spokesperson.
"We have not given up hope here in Parsons," Kevin Bromley told Nashville's News 2 in a phone interview Thursday morning.
He added, "This community is still very much involved in this investigation and we're going to bring Holly home."
Last weekend, Bromley said a group of volunteers replaced all the pink ribbons that were put up around town in the days after Bobo's disappearance with new ones.
He said local law enforcement and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue to search new areas every week although the family has not been made aware of any recent leads.
"As far as new leads or new information, there is nothing that has been made available to the family in that way, but we do believe there are some things the TBI is working on, and obviously, there would have to be, in our minds, people of interest for them to continue at the rate they are still investigating in our area," he said.
Bobo went missing from her home where she lived with her parents and brother near Parsons on the morning of April 13.
She was last seen being led away by a man wearing camouflage.
Bromley called Bobo's family "strong and resilient" but said "words can't describe" what they are going through.
"Everyday is a different feeling," he said. "It's almost like you get very hopeful when you hear things but as everyday closes there is also a lot of despair."
He continued, "Overall, the family is doing as well as they can be expected. They have a strong church family and support group that is with them most of the time so they're just day to day."
Bromley said the family wants Holly to know they are still looking for her, and they love her and miss her very much and just want her to come home.
The case remains a missing persons case and not a homicide.
The TBI has followed up on hundreds of leads since Bobo went missing and continues to encourage tips from the public.
"We know people have that information. Just please call us," TBI Agent John Mehr said. "There's no doubt in my mind there are people who know what happened to Holly, and there may be more than one person involved."
Anyone with information should call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.