Holly Bobo was a 20 year old nursing student in April 2011, when she was last seen by her brother, who told the police that he saw her with a man dressed in camouflage leading her away from her home into the woods. No one has seen her since, even though hundreds of volunteers helped with the search as the clues came in central Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the FBI have been working on this case since 2011 following up on ever clue that comes in. They have even offered a reward for the amount of more than $450,000 for any information in finding Holly.
Recently it looked as though the authorities had quite a break in the case when they arrested a Tennessee man, 29 year old Zachary Rye Adams. No details were given out as to what brought the arrest on, the police just say that this is an ongoing investigation and they had not stated whether or not they have found the students body or not. Adams was being held in jail without bond. A Decatur County grand jury handed down a two-count indictment of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.
The director of the TBI, Mark Gwyn told reporters, “As the investigation continues, we are still asking for the public’s help and support to help us continue to seek out justice regarding the disappearance of Holly Bobo.”
Since Adams has been in jail, a portion of his criminal background has become public. After reading the list a lot of people in Tennessee are outraged. They think Bobo would still be alive today if the criminal justice system had dealt with Adams in a more severe way. Some say this man should not have been walking the streets and that it is what they consider a huge failure of the justice system.
Adams criminal records stretch back to 2002 and they include drug possession, shooting his own mother in the knee when he was only 19 and threatening his grandparents with a shotgun just 16 months later. His grandparents say they are in fear of their lives now and that he had shot his mother point blank with a 9 mm Glock. They say he is a danger to them and to the community. Before Holly Bobo disappeared Adams had a rap sheet that also included theft, methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana possession, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and fabricating or tampering with evidence.
Now if this weren’t enough, three months after Bobo disappeared he was arrested again for allegedly punching, head-butting and threatening to shoot a woman who was attempting to visit his grandfather. He even had the nerve to tell the woman that he would deal either her once he was released from jail and shoot her just like he did his mother.
On February 28, 2014 which was the same day a warrant was issued to search his home he was arrested yet again for assaulting a woman who told the police that Adams had pointed a gun to her head and the threatened to gut her with his knife.
Now I am no lawyer but it seems to me that someone with all this on his record should not be out of jail. Why was he not sitting in jail with all this on his record? I know people that are doing hard time on way less charges that this guy had on him. Was it a glitch in the system or does the law really set someone free even after they shoot someone? It really boggles my mind.
I am not only questioning the laws in Tennessee though. This seems to be a thing in almost all the states these days. Are they using excuses like no money to hold them? Or no room in the jail house? I say they should take huge empty lots which you see all over the country and build a prison and supply it with the bare necessities and put the prisoners there that have repeat offensives on their record. Don’t give them cable TV, and a game rooms for recreation. Make them live with only what they have to have to survive. You’d be surprised at how many good citizens live like that and they are law abiding citizens. Why should prisoners be treated better? For the life of me I will never understand this.
According to legal experts it doesn’t appear the way Adams was treated by the court system varies from typical practices in Tennessee. They say many offenders in the state typically serve no more than one-third of their jail time and those with drug problems are often ordered to take treatment programs rather than actually do jail time. Well if this is the law then the laws need to be changed.
As for Holly Bobo, I think this young woman that still had her whole life ahead of her, didn’t stand a chance with a man like Zachary Adams, if indeed he is the one that kidnapped her and if he killed her. He has pleaded “Not Guilty” and he told a reporter not to take pictures of him. He told the reporter, “I’m not the f—ing one.”
My heart and prayers go out to her family. I can only imagine the pain they must be going through, not knowing.
Just like with HaLeigh Cummings, from Florida. Her family has been torn apart not know what happened to that precious child. They struggle to go on with their lives just like Bobo’s family does as do the families of all the missing persons. What choice do they have now? There are so many out there disappearing only never to be found. It breaks my heart. HaLeigh I still pray for you. Holly I will keep you in my prayers as well.