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TBI: Purse Found Did Not Belong To Holly Bobo

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PARSONS, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed a purse found that was believed to be connected to Holly Bobo does not belong to the missing nursing student. Holly's mother Karen Bobo had identified the purse as belonging to her daughter, but decided on Friday it was not Holly's.

The TBI had renewed the search for Holly Bobo on Thursday after a dog from the neighborhood found the purse and took it to a nearby home.

That discovery spurred law enforcement officials to bring in search dogs to work an area roughly a mile from Bobo's home outside Parsons, about 125 miles northeast of Memphis.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said nothing was found during the Thursday search.

Investigators said on Thursday it was difficult to put the pieces together because they didn't know specifically where the dog found the purse.

Pink bows adorn mailboxes, lamp posts and store fronts in Parsons as interest has been rekindled in recent days.

Residents said the decorations represent the fact that they are spiritually bound to each other, both in their faith in God and desire for the nursing student to be found alive.

Bobo was last seen April 13, 2011, when her brother told authorities he saw a man in hunting clothes leading the 20-year-old into the woods around the family home.

The search has reached far outside the small towns of West Tennessee. Fliers and cards with Bobo's picture and description can still be found throughout Tennessee and in neighboring states. Truckers with cross-country routes have affixed decals with Bobo's picture on them on their vehicles.

Lois Alexander, of Bloodhound Search and Rescue, said a team of dogs and human searchers have scoured 68 square miles and 57 miles of road in their hunt for Bobo. Investigators have said that whoever took Bobo must have been familiar with the rugged woodlands surrounding the family's home.

Holly Bobo would now be 22 years old and her family is not giving up hope. They have asked anyone who might have a tip to come forward.

Saturday was the two year anniversary of her disappearance, and friends held a 5K and a balloon release in her honor.

Anyone with information about Holly's case is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND. The reward money is now up to $185,000.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)
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