Holly Bobo's family's pastor spoke Friday evening for the first time since Zachary Adams was charged with her kidnapping and murder.
Pastor Don Franks had been a part of Holly's life since she was 10 years old and became a leader in the efforts to find her after she disappeared in April 2011.
"The family and I have grown very close, especially the past three years with all the developments," said Franks, adding, "The Bobo's have become part of my personal family," said Franks.
Pastor Franks was right there by their side when investigators told them Adams, 29, of Decatur County, was charged with Holly's kidnapping and murder.
"They needed me and I was there. It was a difficult moment when the TBI and the FBI came with the news that they brought," said Franks. "It was probably one of the hardest moments I will experience as a pastor."
While Pastor Franks says he welcomes the answer, he adds it was not the outcome anyone was expecting.
"We were all hoping for an outcome similar to Elizabeth Smart," he said.
Now, Franks says the Bobo family is once again asking for prayers.
"They have a lot of determination, they are strong willed, and yes they will move forward," he said.
Franks said he will continue to be by the family.
"As long as I'm their pastor and my strength and health holds up I'll be there," he said.
Franks added he couldn't comment about Adams or the case, but said he is praying for all involved.
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Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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