Holly Bobo's parents plea for daughter's safe return - WKRN News 2

Holly Bobo's parents plea for daughter's safe return

Posted: Updated: April 13, 2012 04:10 PM CDT
Family Pastor Don Franks prayed with the Bobo family early Friday evening. Family Pastor Don Franks prayed with the Bobo family early Friday evening.
Holly's parents ask for anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact authorities. Holly's parents ask for anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact authorities.
PARSONS, Tenn. -

On the one-year anniversary of Holly Bobo's disappearance her family remains hopeful she will be found.

The then-20-year-old nursing student was last seen outside her home near Parsons in west Tennessee on the morning of April 13, 2011.

Her brother said he saw her being led into the woods by a man wearing camouflage.

On Friday evening, Holly's family spoke briefly and pled the public to think about the day their loved one went missing and to share any new information with authorities.

Father, Dana Bobo, said each day his daughter is missing "feels like an eternity."

"It's been one year since our daughter Holly was taken from us and our family wants to once again make an appeal to the public," mother Karen Bobo said.

Dana added, ""Help us and the TBI end this nightmare. Please help us bring Holly home."

In honor of the young woman, balloons and posters adorned the county, while residents and students at Riverside High School remembered and prayed for her safe return.

"When it happened, it's like a thief in the dark came out of no where, I mean we were all out looking for her," high school student Will Boroughs said.  

In an effort to show support for the Bobo family, area businesses and residents this week have left on their outdoor lights symbolizing "lighting the way home for Holly."

"We still believe that she's alive and we're still going to continue our search for Holly," family Pastor Don Franks said, adding, "They're not going to give up hope.  They're determined to find her.  We still believe, and the family believes, that Holly's still alive."

According to Franks, the last year has been extremely difficult for the family.

"It's really not been a good day, I just came from the home [and] prayed with the family, but they're holding up as well as can be expected," he said.

Supporters and family members, such as Bobo's cousin, have spent time this week handing out flyers with Bobo's picture.

"It's hard, it's very hard, but we still have faith. We're not giving up and we hope she's not either," Kristen Smith said.

On Friday night, Corinth Baptist Church hosted prayer vigil at 6 p.m. followed by a motorcycle ride and balloon release in Bobo's honor.

Students at Scotts Hill High School, Bobo's alma mater, will also presented "The Great Pretenders" in her honor at 7 p.m. 

Holly, now 21, is five foot, three inches tall and weighs110 pounds.

She has blue eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and black flip flops.

A $250,000 reward is being offered for her safe return.

"Agents [are] assigned to [the case] 24-hours a day. We follow up on everything we have. Yes, we are saddened its not be solved, but very confident it will be," Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said.

Anyone with information regarding Bobo's whereabouts is urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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