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Vigil Held To Mark 1-Week Since Holly Bobo's Disappearance

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by Heather Graf

PARSONS, Tenn. - Even Mother Nature couldn't stop a candlelight vigil for a missing girl in Decatur County on Wednesday night.

20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo disappeared from her home one week ago when her brother saw a man dressed in camouflage walking her into the woods.

Wednesday's night ceremony was meant to mark that somber anniversary until the entire auditorium lost power.

Hundreds of people were packed inside the building when some strong storms came through, but even with no lights, and no music or audio equipment, the community persevered.

"We hear about it on TV and read about it in  paper, but this is the first time we've experienced it around here, it's a terrible thing," said volunteer Debbie McCormick.

The small community has been struggling to make sense of Holly Bobo's disappearance.

"It just really makes everyone unsettled, and we just really want her back. We want to know who did this," said Decatur County resident Kristie McLemore.

And just when they needed it the most, a sign. The power went out, but the attendees kept right on going. With only candlelight, they began singing "Amazing Grace".

Organizers were eventually able to get a power source from one of the many live trucks in the parking lot. About an hour into the service, the storms passed by, and the lights came back on.

So far, authorities have not identified any suspects in her disappearance.

Another 300 volunteers showed up Wednesday to help with the search efforts. The sheriff of Decatur County said they're not stopping anytime soon.

"We're not giving up, we're still searching, we're still looking for Holly. It's our hope we will find her, and that's what our desire is, that's what we're looking forward to is one day finding her," said Sheriff Roy Wyatt.

The reward for information about Holly Bobo's disappearance is now up to $80,000. Investigators hope the increased amount could prompt someone to come forward.

Meanwhile, the TBI been testing the blood found on the carport outside her home. On Wednesday, we learned those test results are back in, but the TBI is not saying whose blood it is.

Thursday will be a day of rest for the hundreds of volunteers who've been working around the clock for the past week. However, law enforcement will be back at it searching Thursday morning.

Email: hgraf@newschannel5.com

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