The remains of Holly Bobo have been found. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed today that the skull found in Decatur County does in fact belong to Holly Bobo, the 20-year-old nursing student who went missing in the year 2011. The skull was discovered on Sunday by two men. It was located 10 miles from the property owned by the alleged killer in the town of Parsons. Now the investigators are hoping to bring closure to the case that has been “the most expensive and exhaustive in TBI history.”
In the year 2011 Holly Bobo began her morning in the town of Parsons as ordinarily as she always did, though she never made it home. After her disappearance her brother told police that a man in camouflage took Holly away into the woods. A large search was performed by investigators and the community but Holly was not found. This is the nightmare that Holly’s family how do endear the last three years.
Since Holly’s disappearance for men have been charged in regards to the case. Zachary Adams was the primary suspect in the disappearance and was charged with Holly’s kidnapping and murder, though he pled not guilty. Although he also pled guilty, Jason Autry also faces charges on murder and kidnapping. Two other men, brothers Jeffrey and Mark Pearcy, were charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact once it was alleged that they were in possession of a video showing Holly being sexually assaulted, that they hid from the police.
This discovery was made in July when a Tennessee woman came forth claiming that she had seen the video that Jeff Pearcy supposedly had. Sandra King told the court that the video showed Holly Bobo tied up and crying. Sandra side that she did not actually witness the part of the video where Holly was assaulted but that she “knew what he was fixing to do.” She also sad that Jeff Hinton to her that it was a video of Zach having sex with Holly. However, investigators never saw the alleged video leaving the case still open.
But now Holly’s family, who offered a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with her daughter’s disappearance, may now be able to seek closure as the remains of Holly Bobo have been found. The Director of the Tennessee Bureau of investigation, Mark Gwyn, is certain that the case will be closed now that they have found Holly’s remains. Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd is also certain as he made the statement “they can run but they can’t hide,” regarding those responsible for Holly’s death.
All the men charged are still awaiting the final day in court, whether awaiting conviction or sentencing, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has said that they will seek the death penalty. Authorities believe that this may not be a difficult case for Zachary Rye Adams, as he has apparently had several run-ins with the law dating back to the year 2002. Some of these charges include drug possession, shooting his mother in her knee, and threatening his grandparents at gunpoint.
Now that the remains of Holly Bobo have been found investigators are looking into closing the case and making the final convictions. The family has asked for the right to mourn privately and the community of Parsons is also taking time to grieve. Holly, who was seen wearing a shirt and carrying a pink purse before her disappearance, has been remembered greatly through the last three years. The community was incredibly supportive, putting up the ribbons in Holly’s remembrance. Though the case may be coming to an end, the pain that the community of Parsons in the family of Holly Bobo felt will remain.
By Crystal Boulware