Three years after her disappearance, partial remains of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo have been found. So sad. Read her parents’ statement below.
While Zach Adams and Jason Autry have already been indicted for the 2011 abduction and murder of 20-year-old Holly Bobo, her remains had yet to be found until now. On Sept. 8, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a human skull found in the northern Decatur County woods is indeed Holly’s.
Holly Bobo’s Body Found: Skull Confirmed As Hers Three Years After Disappearance
“First, I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Holly Bobo,” revealed TBI Director Mark Gwyn at a press conference late on Sept. 8, as reported by The Jackson Sun. “In light of the recent discovery of possible human remains in Decatur County, the TBI has been able to confirm through the findings … that the remains are of Holly Bobo.
“It was my prayer, as well as the prayers of many others that Holly Bobo would be found,” Mark went on. “I assure you all this is not over by any means. The investigation is still ongoing to get to the truth.”
Later, Holly’s parents offered a heartbreaking statement of their own:
“On behalf of Holly we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult saga. Our friends have been unwavering in their support, and the authorities have been diligent in their pursuit of justice.
“We will never understand the actions or the motives of those who took Holly from us, but we continue to pray that someone will have the courage to step forward and shed more light on this senseless tragedy.
“Those responsible will be afforded a trial. As an innocent victim, Holly had no such right. They can appeal the verdict if they choose to do so. Holly was given no such choice. Although in prison, they can breathe, see God’s wonders of this earth, and visit with their loved ones. Not Holly.
“We have lost a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. However, those responsible have lost their souls. Holly’s soul is the one thing that their brutality could not diminish or extinguish.
“The family knows that Holly is in a better place, and we’re comforted by that knowledge. We hope that no family will have to experience what we have endured. Our agony cannot be adequately described in words. For this reason, we respectfully request something circumstances have denied us, and that is privacy. We believe we have the right to mourn privately, mourn as a family and a community. We know the press and other media have jobs to do, and in fact, y’all have been very helpful in publicizing Holly’s abduction. But now is a time for grieving. Please honor our request. The case is in the hands of the authorities, and we will not have any further comment as a family at this time. Thank you.”
Holly Bobo: Four Men Have Been Charged In Her Case
Zach Adams, 29, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping in March; in April, Jason Autry was indicted on the same charges. Two other guilty parties have recently emerged: brothers Mark Pearcy, 38, and Jeffrey Pearcy, 42, were charged in May with accessory after the fact and evidence tampering.
The evidence found in Zach’s home which led to his and Jason’s arrest has not been revealed by prosecutors, but is believed to have been a video which showed Holly tied up and crying. The Jackson Sun reports that the brothers allegedly destroyed the tape but not before a friend, Sandra King, testified to seeing the video. So horrifying.
Our thoughts go out to the Bobo family during this difficult time.
— Amanda Mitchell