TIMELINE OF EVENTS: Holly Bobo abduction, murder

Holly Bobo
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Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, was abducted from her home outside Parsons, about 100 miles west of Nashville, on the morning of April 13, 2011. Her remains were found by two farmers in a rural area outside Holladay, Tennessee, in Decatur County on Sept. 7, 2014. Below is a timeline of key events:

  • April 13, 2011: Holly Bobo is abducted from her home outside Parsons, Tennessee. Bobo’s brother Clint says he saw her being led away from their home into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.
  • April 15, 2011: Hundreds of volunteers aid in the search for Bobo but bad weather delays efforts.
  • April 20, 2011: A vigil is held for Holly Bobo on the one-week anniversary of her disappearance.
  • Aug. 5, 2011: Investigators want to question a sex offender who lived near the Bobo family in connection to the case. He is later determined to have no involvement.
  • Feb. 1, 2012: The reward in the Holly Bobo is increased to $250,000.
  • Jan. 14, 2013: A Memphis nurse and his wife announce they are offering a $100,000 reward for Holly Bobo’s abductor to surrender.
  • April 19, 2013: A purse was found near Holly Bobo’s home but it turned out to not belong to the missing nursing student.
  • Feb. 28, 2014:  The TBI searches the Holladay, Tennessee, home and property of Zachary Adams.
  • March 5, 2014: Zachary Adams is indicted for especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder of Holly Bobo.
  • April 29, 2014: Jason Autry is indicted for especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder of Holly Bobo.
  • June 10, 2014: Jeff Pearcy is arrested in Henderson County on charges tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact after police say he showed a video pertaining to the Bobo case to another individual.
  • May 31, 2014: Pearcy’s half-brother Mark Pearcy is arrested in Carroll County on charges tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact. Police say his voice is on the recording that his brother had.
  • June 18, 2014: Suspect Jeff Pearcy professes his innocence in an exclusive interview with News 2.
  • July 29, 2014: A witness says she was shown video of Holly Bobo being sexually assaulted by Zachary Adams in May, just before the Pearcy brothers were arrested.
  • Sept. 7, 2014: Two men looking for ginseng in rural Decatur County near Holladay discover human skull and other remains.
  • Sept. 8, 2014: The TBI confirms the remains found are in fact those of Holly Bobo.
  • Sept. 9, 2014: A family spokesperson issues a statement on behalf of Holly Bobo’s family.
  • Sept. 10, 2014: TBI completes investigation at site where Holly Bobo’s remains were discovered. They are continuing to investigate the case.
  • Sept. 13, 2014: Zachary Adams moved from Decatur County to Williamson County jail.
  • Sept. 17, 2014: Zachary Adams’ brother Dylan arrested in the case and charged with tampering with evidence.
  • Sept. 21, 2014: Dylan Adams appears in court on tampering with evidence charge; case bound to grand jury.
  • Oct. 14, 2014: Dylan Adams indicted on two counts rape after admitting he was involved in the rape of Holly Bobo on the day she went missing.
  • Oct. 15, 2014: Charges of tampering with evidence were dropped for both Dylan Adams and Mark Pearcy. A charge of accessory after the fact was also dropped for Pearcy.
  • Jan. 1, 2015: Defense attorneys for Zachary Adams and Jason Autry ask for a dismissal of charges against them.
  • Jan. 25, 2015: The TBI completes their analysis of evidence in the case.
  • April 12, 2015: A memorial service was held for Holly Bobo at Corith Baptist Church in Darden, Tennessee. Roughly 500 people attended.
  • May 20, 2015: Motions denied to replace special prosecutor
  • May 20, 2015: Eight-count indictment handed down for Zachary Adams, his brother Dylan Adams, and Jason Autry in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Holly.
  • June 3, 2015: The state announced during a hearing that it intends to seek the death penalty against all three men. Both Adams brothers and Autry entered pleas of not guilty on all the indictments.
  • Sept. 11, 2017: Trial of Zach Adams begins in Savannah, Tennessee. Bobo’s family testifies, including her mother, who collapsed on the stand.
  • Sept. 12, 2017: Ex-girlfriend of Zach Adams testifies she saw him one day before Bobo disappeared in 2011.
  • Sept. 13, 2017: The ginseng hunter who found Bobo’s remains testifies in court.
  • Sept. 14, 2017: Jason Autry testifies against Zach Adams, saying Adams asked him to help get rid of Bobo’s body.
  • Sept. 15, 2017: Prosecutors say was used to kill Holly Bobo was exchanged for drugs.
  • Sept. 16, 2017: Cell phone ‘pings’ take center stage in trial of Zach Adams
  • Sept. 18, 2017: Prosecution rests its case against Zach Adams.
  • Sept. 19, 2017: Defense begins its case, former TBI investigator on the case claims Zach Adams did not kill Bobo.

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