DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has determined that a non-profit organization did not investigate the case of missing nursing student Holly Bobo to law enforcement standards.
In a release Friday, the TBI said members of the group “Without Warning” admitted they recited information they had heard and read in order to talk about the on-going case with Nashville television station WSMV.
Each member of the team also stated the information provided to them came from Bobo’s family.
Since the reports aired earlier this month, the TBI refutes multiple allegations made including the crime scene was contaminated by people, horses and helicopters, that there is dash cam video from a law enforcement vehicle of the subject and that there were 21 sex offenders registered at a coon hunt that Bobo attended shortly before her disappearance, among other allegations.
“The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn.
He continued, “The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case.”
The 24th Judicial District Attorney General Hansel McAdams, the prosecutor responsible for handling the case, added, “Without Warning and WSMV have had no regard for the truth and their careless use of misleading information has been detrimental to this case.”
In a statement Friday afternoon, Without Warning said that that “team stands by its actions to help find Holly Bobo and strongly disagrees with TBI’s portrayal of WW’s efforts.”
“The team is committed to assisting the family, the community and law enforcement solve her abduction and bring her home. Everything the team has gathered has been given to the family who has in turn made all resources available to TBI,” the statement continues.
Bobo, now 22, disappeared from her home in Darden, Tennessee, which is about 100 miles west of Nashville, on April 13, 2011.
Bobo is five feet, three inches tall and weighs 110 pounds.
She has blue eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and black flip flops.
There is a $250,000 reward being offered for information leading to Bobo’s safe return.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.