As new clues emerged Friday investigators announced Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo’s brother did not witness her abduction and that he became suspicious and called 911 when he saw blood outside their home.
Online rumors spread quickly this week that Holly’s brother, 25-year-old Clint Bobo, sat back and did nothing while he witnessed a man dressed in camouflage clothing dragging his sister from their carport and into the woods.
Those rumors were quelled Friday when investigators reported Clint saw blood outside the home after seeing Holly talking with a man he believed was her boyfriend, not a stranger, as she was leaving for school Wednesday morning.
Investigators now say they believe Holly feared for her life and walked into the woods with her abductor.
John Mehr, an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told CBS affiliate WREG, “He actually had an arm holding her, so we feel that she knew that she was in fear of her life. So she was complying with his demands.”
“Right now we’re saying she walked away,” Mehr said. He declined to elaborate but officials said Holly’s mother also called 911.
MSNBC reports that investigators said they found Holly’s cell phone and camouflaged clothing in a vehicle nearly eight miles from Holly’s home. Her white lunch box, they say, was recovered from a creek in the area, police said.
After seeing the pain Holly’s parents are experiencing, and hearing their pleas for help during a press conference Thursday, people simply couldn’t stay away.
An operator at the Decatur Sheriff’s Department told Examiner.com Friday evening that their department is spread thin between searching for Holly and coping with some 1,500 volunteers that descended on their small town on Friday.