Holly Lynn Bobo

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Above Images: Holly, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 13, 2011 from Darden, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 12, 1990
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Holly's ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink shirt and light-colored jeans. Carrying a pink purse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Holly was last seen in Darden, Tennessee shortly after 7:30 a.m. on April 13, 2011. She lived on Swan Johnson Road and was a nursing student at the University of Tennessee's Martin campus. She woke up early that morning to study for a test. A neighbor heard a scream coming from the Bobo residence at 7:40 a.m. and had someone call Holly's mother, Karen, at work. Meanwhile, at 7:50, Holly's older brother Clint woke up because he heard the dogs barking. He noticed Holly's car was still parked at the home, and he checked her room but she wasn't there. Karen called the house to ask if everything was okay, and when she found out Holly's car was still in at the house, she realized something was wrong and called 911.

    After Clint spoke with his mother, he looked out the window and saw Holly and man dressed all in camouflage walking towards the woods. He called Holly's cellular phone, but no one answered and it went to voice mail. It was opening day of turkey-hunting season and Clint knew Holly's boyfriend, Drew Scott, would be turkey hunting. Because the man with Holly was dressed in camouflage clothes, he thought the man must be Scott. When Karen called the house again, Clint said he'd seen his sister with Scott. However, Karen knew Scott was in fact hunting on the other side of the county. She told Clint to take a gun and go after the man. Clint took a pistol and went to the garage, and noticed a puddle of blood near Holly's car. He thought it was from a turkey Scott had shot and he wasn't alarmed until a neighbor came and said her son had heard screams. Only then did he call 911. As he was calling, the police arrived, responding to Karen's calls.

    Clint described the man with Holly as 5'10 to 6'0 tall, 180 to 200 pounds, dressed in non-insulated camouflage clothing. He couldn't see the man's face or hands but thought he might have been wearing gloves and a cap. Investigators believe he was a member of the local community and familiar with the rugged terrain. They think he abducted Holly as she was about to get into her car. Searchers found several items of interest, including Holly's lunch box and cellular phone eight miles from her home.

    In late February 2014, Holly's neighbor Zachary Rye Adams was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in her case. In late April, Jason Wayne Autry was also charged with the same crimes in Holly's case. At the same time, Adams was additionally charged with coercion of a witness. Photos of both Adams and Autry, who are friends and had once been co-defendants in a theft case, are posted below this case summary. Adams has a prior record for theft, and at the time he was charged in Holly's case he was already awaiting trial for unrelated drug charges and aggravated assault charges; he allegedly held a gun to another woman's head and threatened to "gut" her with a knife. Autry also has a substantial criminal history and was already incarcerated for unrelated offenses when he was charged in Holly's case.

    Authorities stated one of the targets of the investigation, Shayne Kyle Austin, had been granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation with police. He had supposedly helped dispose of Holly's body, and promised to lead the police to where it was in exchange for not facing charges. However, the state believed Austin hadn't been completely truthful in his statements and they planned to void the immunity agreement and indict him for his suspected role in Holly's presumed death. A photo of Austin is posted below this case summary.

    In June, half-brothers Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy and Mark Pearcy were also charged in Holly's case, as accessories after the fact in her kidnapping and murder. According to a witness, Jeffrey showed her a cellular phone video of a woman tied up and crying. He said the video was his brother Mark's and it was of Adams sexually assaulting Holly, but the witness only saw a few moments of the video and never saw a sex act take place. She says she did recognize the woman in the video as Holly Bobo. The witness's statement is the basis for the charges against the Pearcy brothers.

    Holly is a cousin of the country music star Whitney Duncan, and Duncan has been active in publicizing her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Adams Autry Austin
    Left: Zachary Adams;
    Center: Jason Autry;
    Right: Shayne Austin

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
    615-744-4000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    CBS News
    ABC News
    WMCTV 5
    The Daily Mail
    WBTV
    The Examiner
    The Lebanon Democrat
    The Tennesseean
    WPTV 5
    KPTV Fox 12
    News Channel 5
    Fox News
    The Jackson Sun

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 31, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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