In April of 2011 in Darden, Tennessee 20 year old Holly Bobo was last seen by her brother Clint. He told authorities that he saw his sister as she appeared to be led into the woods by a man in camouflage. No one seems to know where she disappeared to since then.
In March of this year the police arrested Zachary Adams after a grand jury indicted him with kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with Holly Bobo’s disappearance. About a month or so later they arrested Jason Wayne Autry on the same charges.
Then in late spring the police arrested two brothers, Mark and Jeffrey Pearcy and charged them each with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.
In September a fifth man was arrested with connections to the case. The brother of Zachary Adams, John “Dylan” Adams, was charged with tampering with evidence. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations says that he is accused of disposing of items that he knew to be evidence in the case.
Earlier in September two farmers who were searching for ginseng in a wooded area off County Corner Road in Holladay, Tennessee discovered remains of which appeared to be human remains, which included a skull. Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd said the remains were partially buried in leaves but one could tell it was indeed a human skull. The remains left were nothing but bones. The remains were confirmed later to be those of the young nursing student, Holly Bobo.
District Attorney General Matt Stowe said they are going through all the evidence they have in the case and that they are following up on all leads. They are still gathering information and interviewing people.
“We’re going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that,” said Stowe. “We are ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case.”
The following statement has been issued by the family of Holly Bobo on September 9, 2014, which was read by their attorney:
On behalf of Holly we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult saga. Our friends have been unwavering in their support, and the authorities have been diligent in their pursuit of justice. We will never understand the actions or the motives of those who took Holly from us, but we continue to pray that someone will have the courage to step forward and shed more light on this senseless tragedy.
Those responsible will be afforded a trial. As an innocent victim, Holly had no such right. They can appeal the verdict if they choose to do so. Holly was given no such choice. Although in prison they can breathe, see God’s wonders of this earth, and visit with their loved ones…not Holly. We’ve lost a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. However, those responsible have lost their souls. Holly’s soul is the one thing that their brutality could not diminish or extinguish. The family knows that Holly is in a better place, and we’re comforted by that knowledge. We hope that no family will have to experience what we have endured. Our agony cannot be adequately described in words. For this reason, we respectfully request something circumstances have denied us, and that is privacy.
We believe we have the right to mourn privately as a family, and a community. We know the press and other media have jobs to do. In fact, you all have been very helpful in publicizing Holly’s abduction. But now is the time for grieving. Please honor our request.
The case is in the hands of the authorities and we will not have any further comment as a family at this time.
My thoughts and prayers will be with this grieving family. I can only imagine the pain in their hearts right now. May Holly Bobo rest in peace! I pray that Holly gets the justice she deserves.