PARSONS, Tenn. (WKRN) – A $75,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the disappearance of Holly Bobo.
The 20-year-old nursing student was last seen last Wednesday morning walking into the woods near her home in Darden, just outside of Parsons, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville, with an unidentified man wearing camouflage.
In a news conference Monday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said Governor Bill Haslam added $50,000 to the $25,000 reward amount already being offered.
He said law enforcement continues to canvass area neighborhoods in Decatur County and volunteers are still searching the Natchez Trace State Park in neighboring Henderson County.
In addition, Gwyn said the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has deployed its sight technology on area waterways to map the bottom of the bodies of water.
He said, “We’re hoping with all of this combined, and getting the neighborhood and community active in the search, that we’ll be able to turn some kind of lead that will help us in the disappearance of Holly Bobo.”
The TBI has received an additional 30 leads since Sunday’s total of 250.
Residents have been asked to take notice of anyone whose whereabouts were unaccounted for the morning Bobo went missing.
Officials said to also be on the lookout for changes in behavior, or for someone who may have excessively cleaned or sold a vehicle or all-terrain vehicle.
“We need them to really sit down and look back on the last few days and decide if there is anybody out there that is close to them that is just acting different, that maybe didn’t show up for work, maybe cleaned out a vehicle or tried to sell an ATV,” Gwyn said. “Really to sit down and think about the people who have been around them the last few days and how they are acting.”
Bobo’s cousin, country singer and former contestant on “Nashville Star” Whitney Duncan fought back tears as she described Bobo as a homebody who was like her little sister during an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.
“Holly is… She is beautiful, she is sweet, she is a good Christian girl,” Duncan said, adding, “[She’s] kind of shy quiet until you get to know her. She is funny and sweet and amazing.”
Duncan said her family is trying to be strong and using prayer and the community’s support to get through this tough time.
“It’s a close family so we’re just trying to hold it together,” she said. “This community has been amazing. It makes us feel great that people out there care… Trying to find here and bring her home.”
Bobo’s 25-year-old brother told authorities he saw a man wearing camouflage lead his sister into the woods around 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday but thought it was her boyfriend.
It was only after he found blood on the driveway did he suspect something was wrong and called 911.
Pink ribbons have been hung across town in a show of support for the family. People also wore t-shirts saying pray for Bobo.
Anyone with information on Bobo’s whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.