A Family Grieves, the Community and Nation Mourn Holly Bobo
On the morning of April 13, 2011, 20-year-old Holly Bobo disappeared into the woods adjacent to her family home in rural Decatur County, Tennessee, never to be seen again. Holly, a nursing student, was leaving for classes around breakfast time. Her brother unknowingly witnessed the last moments she was seen alive as he gazed out the window that morning to see Holly walking into the wooded area around the house, accompanied by a man dressed in hunting camouflage. Thinking it was Holly’s boyfriend, he was not alarmed. I can only imagine his anguish in retrospect, knowing this was likely his sister’s murderer.
For the last few years, Holly’s family has searched for her relentlessly, keeping her image and story alive in the media. Remarkably, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) “said the Holly Bobo investigation has historically been one of the most exhaustive in terms of time, resources and cost.” The Bobo family demonstrated how a family is galvanized to find their missing loved one, unfailingly pursuing every avenue available to find her. This is how innocent people behave. Compare to the behavior of numerous families of “missing” or “abducted” children making headlines in recent memory. Caylee Anthony, Baby Lisa, Isabel Celis, Ayla Reynolds, Aliayah Lunsford…the list goes on in a tragic epidemic of dysfunction, abuse and blatant criminal activity in concealing coldblooded murder. I will write about some of these cases, particularly Isabel Celis, Lisa Irwin and Aliayah Lunsford. Margie is our resident expert in the Casey Anthony case.
Back to Holly, within the last week, a shocking series of events in her disappearance led to the indictment and arrest of Decatur County resident 29-year-old Zachary “Zach” Adams. A Grand Jury was convened on Wednesday, March 5, resulting in an indictment of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder. The Grand Jury was presented information not released to the public which must have been horrific enough to warrant “especially” aggravated kidnapping. Investigators are certain that Holly is deceased but have not said whether her body has been recovered as of this writing. Her family is devastated. They’re receiving an outpouring of support on social media from around the country. The messages posted for them on Twitter reveal just how many people followed this case, praying and hoping that Holly would be brought home safe and alive. That was not to be because of this grinning freak who brought harm to an innocent woman just living her life and, as a nursing student, trying to make this world a better place.
Residing not far from Holly’s family, Adams has a 13-page criminal record. Are not his photo and rap sheet chilling? Really, it strikes terror in my heart to contemplate what Holly endured with this psychopath, meth manufacturer and drug dealer/user. How long had he been stalking her? The kidnapping was planned, perhaps with accomplices, but details haven’t yet been released. I’m not sure if he’s talking or has shut down, deferring to a lawyer for any communication.
Here’s what is known about his capture. Arrested on charges unrelated to Holly’s kidnapping, he sat in jail while investigators executed search warrants and gathered evidence. There was a MASSIVE search effort conducted for Holly. Last Friday, search warrants were executed on various properties, including the property where Adams resides. His property was thoroughly searched by a crew of investigators, seen in Adams’ backyard with a cadaver dog, shovels and other search equipment. Vehicles were impounded. NewsChannel5 Tennessee published this quote by the District Attorney General Hansel McCadams:
McCadams from the 24th Judicial District said his office believed they could prove Bobo was taken forcefully from her home without her consent. Based upon the evidence that we have before us, we also feel that she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping,” he said.
McCadams said his office would consider seeking the death penalty.
The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the District Attorney’s office and the FBI mobilized to execute an investigation with force and precision. I feel nothing but admiration for this DA and County investigators. In my view, it was sheer brilliance to jail Adams on unrelated charges [of course, this guy had a lengthy rap sheet and outstanding charges], while they gathered the information needed for the kidnapping and murder charges. So many jurisdictions seem to be frozen in inaction and hesitation, letting “persons of interest = perpetrators” go free instead of charging them with even minor charges to ensure they’re taken into custody while investigators build their case.
Read here for the remarkable back story of the twists and turns leading to the arrest of Zachary Adams. Next week should bring more press releases from the DA’s office which has already announced that with sufficient evidence, it will consider the death penalty.
My mind has turned often to Holly in recent days. In her brief life, she touched many people with her interior and exterior beauty, intelligence and zest for life. Let’s keep her family in mind and heart in these next days and weeks which are sure to be agonizing for them. This case is moving so swiftly, there may be updated information even now. If readers have details, please feel free to leave updates in the commentary. As always, we want to know what’s on your mind, and welcome your comments!
Until next time, CaliDeeva