PARSONS, Tenn. - The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the Holly Bobo missing person case has reached $80,000.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Sheriffs Association added another $5,000. On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam offered $50,000 reward in the case, and the community has raised $25,000 for information leading to Holly's whereabouts.
Investigators also confirmed they're trying to link several pieces of evidence to Holly Bobo. Some of the items were found by volunteers combing the area near Bobo's home.
The 20-year-old nursing student has been missing since Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, volunteers were still trying to help. A half dozen people walked Brodies Landing Road north of Parsons. Jason Potts was one of them.
"They just give us maps and tell us hot areas to go to and that's where we're walking," Potts said.
A TBI spokeswoman said the community wide search has helped them collect evidence.
"We do have some other things that we believe maybe her personal belongings, but we just don't know for sure," TBI Spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.
The evidence includes blonde hair stuck to a piece of duct tape. There are wadded up papers, which could have been her school work.
Bobo's 25-year-old brother Clint was the last person to see her Wednesday morning around 7:40 a.m. when she was headed to school.
Clint Bobo told police a man dressed in camouflage forced Holly into the woods behind their home.
A spokesman for the family said the Bobo's are frustrated with rumors that the brother might be involved.
"I've known Clint as long as I've known Holly and as a character witness for him I just could never see Clint being involved in anything of this nature, so I think we can probably stop the rumors about his involvement," said spokesman Kevin Bromley.
Bobo was wearing a shirt that was her favorite color pink and blue jeans.
Hoping to stir some memories, the TBI and Tennessee Highway Patrol set up road blocks Tuesday morning at the time Bobo disappeared and asked a lot of questions.
Helm said the questions were simple.
"Is this your normal routine? Is this unusual. Did you see anything unusual that morning she disappeared. any unusual car that came by down your road. Was anything different?" Helm said.
It's an especially difficult time for the Bobo family. A family spokesman said Holly has been especially close to her mother.
"Very rarely does she go shopping without her mother and I think her mother helps her pick out her clothes and just they just had a great relationship and that's what makes it really hard on the family because they were so close," Bromley said.
He said the overwhelming support from the community and a strong faith in God keeps them going.
"They have times when they're doing very well, and there are times when they are emotional. But overall the family is holding up very well," Bromley said.
"I was just talking to her mom last night," he said, "and she shared with us she was voted on by her classmates most beautiful girl in her senior class and she's not only beautiful on the outside. Holly is beautiful on the inside."
Bromley said Bobo was a very caring person, so a career in nursing would be perfect. He said the family wanted to thank the community for their overwhelming support.
Every day volunteers either take off work or school to help in the search.
Helm said the crime lab is still analyzing blood found in a carport at the Bobo home. She said they believe it either belongs to Bobo or her abductor.
Other physical evidence include Holly's lunch box found 8 miles from the Bobo home on Gooch Road. Helm said they know it belongs to Bobo because her mother packed it the morning her daughter disappeared.
There's also some duct tape with blonde hair attached. The TBI is running tests to see if the hair belongs to Bobo.
If you have information about the case you're asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:42:42 GMT
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