Holly Bobo: the kidnapper’s map
PARSONS, TN (WSMV) -- The case of Holly Bobo's sudden disappearance has kept an entire community on edge for more than two years as family and friends hold out hope for her safe return.
The young nursing student was abducted from her family's Parsons, TN, home in Decatur County on April 13, 2011, and ever since, law enforcement and volunteers have devoted countless man-hours searching the woods and fields nearby.
Now, a new team of investigators led by Brentwood mom Sheila Wysocki is uncovering clues, possible suspects and even the probable route taken by the abductor both during and after the crime.
Bobo was last seen walking into the woods next to a man wearing a camouflage suit, and search dogs checking the area lost her scent near a logging road where a vehicle had likely transported her away from the crime scene.
But that's not where Bobo's trail ends.
"We believe he may have had a gun or knife, and they continued up this path. On the other side of these woods there is a logging road where you can easily park a vehicle. The dogs, we know, pursued and then stopped. Why would they stop right there? Because the odds are she got into a vehicle," said Mike, a Nashville cyberspecialist and member of Wysocki's team, Without Warning.
Bobo's abductor forgot to turn off her cell phone, so with the help of GPS tracking, the location of Bobo's phone - inside her purse - can be plotted on a map that traces a path through Parsons and through rural Decatur and Henderson counties.
"It sure seems to me you would have to know the area to get through the woods like this," said former LAPD Detective Lou Leiker. "One turn is the same as the next."
The path appears winding but deliberate. There are no turnarounds, and the abductor even stops at a remote cemetery for about 15 minutes, according to cell phone records.
"You'd have to know the roads not traveled. I believe you would have to know the community," Wysocki said.
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