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TBI Accuses TV Station Of Irresponsible, Misleading Reporting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau Investigation has accused a Nashville television station and a group of private investigators of giving the Holly Bobo family false hope in finding their missing daughter.

Investigators said a group called "Without Warning" gave the TV station false and misleading information, which was aired in a recent series of reports.

Holly Bobo was abducted from her home in April 2011. Her brother Clint said he watched through a kitchen window as a man dressed in camouflage walked her into the woods.

In media reports, "Without Warning" presented a map showing a specific route Holly's abductor took.

A TBI spokeswoman said the map was based on information the group knew was inaccurate.

"We don't know how they got that information as far as where the abductor went. They are basing it on these false cell phone records and evidence recovered along certain roads," said TBI Spokeswoman Kristin Helm.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn also said he never has seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open investigation that has been so harmful to a case.

In response to the TBI's accusations, WSMV's Director Of News Matthew Hilk said in statement:

"WSMV is aware of law enforcement concerns about the findings of a private detective group working on behalf of Holly Bobo's family. A number of stories on Channel 4 simply reported on those findings. Those stories were done with the cooperation and blessing of the Bobo family.

Although the stories have been airing for several weeks, at no point did law enforcement contact WSMV to dispute any of the findings, until this week. Further, WSMV tried unsuccessfully to engage The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in discussions on the detective group findings, but TBI was unwilling to comment for the record until today's strongly-worded news release.

Channel 4 is committed to fair and accurate reporting in all stories, and is happy to review any concerns raised about the content of those stories. WSMV respects and supports the law enforcement agencies working diligently to solve the Holly Bobo case. We also respect the Bobo family's choice to hire private detectives in their quest for answers in Holly's disappearance."

To see the full TBI Media Release regarding the incident click here.

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