NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that it has discontinued its investigation into the Holly Bobo case and severed ties with the 24th Judicial District.
Going forward, agents will no longer investigate new cases in the district, which includes the following counties: Henry, Carroll, Benton, Decatur and Hardin.
Instead, local law enforcement agencies will solely be responsible for incidents in their jurisdictions including the handling and securing of funding for forensic analysis in future cases.
The request was made by District Attorney General Matt Stowe, according to a release from the TBI.
In the release, TBI’s director, Mark Gwyn, stated, “We certainly regret these unprecedented circumstances playing out in the media, but in a meeting last week, which included 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich, 28th District Attorney and President of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference Garry Brown, and Wally Kirby, Executive Director of the Conference, Stowe made allegations of misconduct by TBI and other law enforcement agencies, both local and federal.”
The statement continues, “He also repeatedly stated he wanted our agency to suspend all activities in his district, after which Weirich removed her office’s resources from the Holly Bobo case.”
“Stowe may characterize this as a misunderstanding, but his requests were clear and I wasn’t the only one who heard it,” Gwyn added.
The TBI has worked on the Holly Bobo case since her disappearance in 2011.
Investigative records and evidence in the case have been given to the District Attorney General’s office for further investigation, review, and prosecution.
“For years, we pursued the Bobo case with the utmost diligence and dedication for the sake of Holly’s family and friends,” said Gwyn. “We are proud of our investigative efforts and remain hopeful that justice will eventually be served.”
Gwyn sent a letter addressed to Stowe Wednesday, suggesting a meeting to discuss the TBI’s role in the 24th Judicial District.
News 2 reached out to Stowe, but he has yet to respond.