Prayers, more searching for Tennessee nursing student

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 20, 2011 6:13 PM
Prayers, more searching for Tennessee nursing student

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - A week after she disappeared from in front of her family home, residents of a small Tennessee community plan a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night as the search goes on for Holly Bobo.

Police have set up road blocks, gone door-to-door, and combed the dense woods near the Bobo home since her apparent abduction. A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has reached $80,000.

Bobo, 20, the cousin of country singer Whitney Duncan, was last seen being led by a man in full camouflage into the woods near her home in Darden, Tennessee, on April 13.

The Decatur County Fairgrounds has served as the staging area in the search and will host the vigil for Bobo, a nursing student at a local university.

"Most of the churches in the area are not having their Wednesday services tonight," said Kevin Bromley, a spokesman for the Bobo family. "We're going to have a service as a community."

Bromley said the family had "a lot of resolve and a lot of confidence" in the searchers and investigators. He will represent the family at the vigil.

"Every day is difficult, but today's been somewhat more difficult than others," Bromley said.

Investigators have said they believe Bobo feared for her life and complied with her abductor.

Based on his apparent knowledge of the rugged terrain, investigators believe Bobo's assailant is likely a local resident. They have asked residents to recall whether they have seen anyone acting peculiarly since her disappearance.

Investigators have also said Bobo's brother saw her outside the house with a man Wednesday morning, but at the time he thought it was her boyfriend. When he went outside later, he saw blood and called police.

(Editing by Jerry Norton)