PARSONS, Tenn. – The reward has been increased in the case of a missing 20-year-old nursing student in Decatur County.
Officials announced at a press conference Monday afternoon that Governor Bill Haslam has approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Holly Bobo's disappearance.
"Holly Bobo's family needs answers," Haslam said in a statement release Monday. "It is my hope that this reward money would spur some leads that will bring Holly home safely."
That's in addition to the $25,000 reward that the community has put up.
Hundreds of volunteers have been searching for Holly around her home. The search was widened to include Natchez Trace State Park, which is just north of Parsons in Henderson County.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said residents can help by telling police about anything they've seen that has looked suspicious.
"We still need them to really sit down and think about the people who have been around them and try to look back at last few days and decide if anybody close to them is acting different especially on Wednesday. Maybe didn't leave for work, or cleaned out a vehicle or tried to sell an ATV," said Gwyn.
Late Monday afternoon, investigators made another search of Bobo's neighborhood looking for anything they might have over looked. They went door-to-door asking neighbors what they saw on the morning of her disappearance.
The TBI also said that they felt like the suspect is right in the community in Parsons.
"You would have to know the exits and entrances in order to do this," Gywn added.
Bobo disappeared Wednesday morning from her home on Swan Johnson Road. Her brother told police he saw her leave with a man toward the woods behind her parents' home.
She is a nursing student at UT-Martin.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is using sight imaging technology in nearby lakes to map the bottom of the bodies of water.
TBI officials said no one has been ruled out as a suspect.
Spokeswoman Kristin Helm confirmed over the weekend that blood, found at the crime scene, is still being DNA tested in Memphis to see whether it's that of Holly's.
TBI has received an additional 30 leads since Sunday's total of 250.
If you have information about the disappearance of Holly Bobo, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.