Search Continues For Holly Bobo Sixteen Months Later
by Chris Cannon
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. - Sixteen months after Holly Bobo disappeared from Parsons, Tennessee, her family has not given up hope they will one day see here again.
The Bobo family has started to use different methods to keep their daughter's face and name on the top of everyone's mind.
"The urgency to find your child never goes away," said Karen Bobo.
Bobo's mother is hopeful a tip about her daughter's whereabouts may come from the Decatur County Fair. The family's church has set up a booth inside the fair's agriculture building. There is a tip box in the booth where people can leave information, with no questions asked.
"Most of the time there is no one in this building, so it really is an anonymous tip," Bobo explained.
The family also had 20,000 direct mail flyers printed. It contains several pictures of Bobo and information about where she would have been on April 13, 2011. The missing woman's mother said the mailer has one main purpose.
"Keeping her name and her picture out there. And I know I've had at least four calls from the mail outs," Bobo said.
The physical search for Bobo continues on most weekends.
"It is the community's search. It's this community that's going to be able to find Holly," said Chris Williams.
He is the director of Southeast K-9 Search and Rescue. Members of his organization have spent much of the last 16 months searching for Bobo.
Williams said community volunteers have played a crucial part of the search for Bobo and will continue to have an important role.
"It's very important that we keep them out here, and we keep them working. That's the way this family keeps their hope alive," Williams said.
There is a large-scale search scheduled for the weekend of August 25. Williams would like to see 200 volunteers help comb several wooded areas outside of Parsons.
Anyone interested in helping in the search must be at least 18 years old and they have to register ahead of time at www.southeastk9sar.com before coming out to the area.