When you think of kidnappings you imagine joggers or hitchhikers vanishing in some remote location.
The story of Holly Bobo is not your typical disappearance – she was taken from her own yard and her brother witnessed the whole thing.
It’s a story of misunderstandings, delayed reactions, and police blunders, all of which sealed a young girl’s fate. 20-year old Holly was r*ped and murdered and it took her family seven years to find justice of some sort.
The Mysterious Man In Camouflage
The tragic events that culminated with Holly Bobo’s death took place on April 13, 2011. Holly Bobo lived with her parents in Darden, Tennessee, and was studying to become a nurse.
That morning Holly woke up early to study. Her parents had already left for work and her brother Clint was sleeping.
He woke up around 7.45 am as the dogs were barking loudly. Intrigued by the commotion, Clint looked out the window and saw her sister was outside with a man.
It was a weird scene as Holly was kneeling in front of a large man with black hair. The guy was wearing a hat and camouflage clothing.
They seemed to be arguing, but Clint thought the guy was probably Holly’s boyfriend, Drew Scott. He decided not to intervene, but tried to listen in on what they were saying. All he could hear was his sister saying ‘No, why?’.
As fate would have it, his mother happened to call at that moment and she had a feeling something was wrong. She told her son: “That’s not Drew. Get a gun and shoot him.”
Still, Clint was not convinced and didn’t want to go out to shoot someone for no reason. A few minutes later, he saw Holly leaving with the man, heading for the woods.
Now he was alarmed and tried to call his sister on her phone but she didn’t answer. Next, he tried her boyfriend’s number, but Scott did not pick up either.
Clint got scared, grabbed the gun, and ran outside. When he noticed traces of blood near his sister’s car he finally called 911, but it was too late. Holly Bobo was gone forever.
Dead Ends And Empty Leads
The police investigation that followed Holly Bobo’s abduction has been criticized almost from the start. The investigators lost time on false leads and the interrogation methods raised many questions.
The girl’s boyfriend was not a suspect as it was soon established he was not involved in any way.
The police turned to the usual suspects, in this case, a known s*x offender called Terry Britt who lived nearby. A search at his house didn’t offer anything.
The investigators had nothing on him so they soon turned their attention to two brothers living in the area, Zachary and Dylan Adams.