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Search Resumes For Missing Tennessee Woman

Holly Bobo AP

These undated photos provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation show Holly Bobo.AP

PARSONS, Tenn.-- The search continues for a missing nursing student from western Tennessee who authorities say was abducted from her home by a man wearing camouflage.

The searchers returned Saturday morning looking for signs of 20-year-old Holly Bobo a day after more clues surfaced in the case, but there's still no sign of the woman as authorities continue to look for suspects.

Searchers found a lunchbox of her's, authorities said Friday, and revealed that her brother saw blood outside of the house, though they haven't confirmed yet whether it belonged to Holly Bobo, who disappeared as she was preparing to go to classes.

She was last seen by her brother, Clint, early Wednesday morning as she walked into the woods with an unknown man. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Mehr said authorities do not believe she went willingly.

"We feel she was in fear of her life, so she was complying with his commands," Mehr said.

TBI officials have said Bobo's 25-year-old brother saw his sister outside the house with a man before she was kidnapped at around 7:30 a.m. But he only saw the man from the back, and he thought he was her boyfriend.

He did not become suspicious until he went outside and saw blood. Then he called 911.

"The boyfriend is not a suspect. The brother is not a suspect," Mehr said. "We are confident of that."

The father of Bobo said he thinks whoever dragged her away from their home knew the family's daily routine.

Bobo was last seen being dragged from her house by a man dressed in camouflage during a home invasion Wednesday.

The young woman's 25-year-old brother told investigators that he saw the suspect pulling his sister across the carport at her family home in the community of Darden in Decatur County and toward a wooded area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.   

Holly's father, Dana Bobo, said Thursday he believes the man who snatched his daughter was familiar with the family's routine, Fox 17 reports.      

"The way it looks to me, myself, it might have been somebody close -- somebody that kind of new the routine of when I left, when she left and when my daughter left to go to school," he told reporters.  

On Friday, Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt will affect the search for Holly. 

Wyatt told NBC's "Today" show that there are forecasts of hail, wind and possibly tornadoes in the area. He said searchers would wait and see how that will affect efforts to her.

Wyatt also said authorities don't have any suspects in the case, which is being investigated as an abduction.

Since news spread, neighbors and people in nearby communities have poured out to help search, bring food and support family members who are holding together reasonably well, said Decatur County Mayor Michael Smith.

TBI said Bobo's brother was inside the house and the kidnapping was outside in the rural area of small, modest homes about 100 miles northeast of Memphis. A spokeswoman would not give more details on what the brother told them.

A dispatcher for the Decatur County Sheriff's Office said police used dogs and a helicopter in the search.

About 250 volunteers had come out to help, but the search had to be called off until it was light again Thursday, said Smith. Many had gathered at the rescue command post at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Parsons. Some brought their four-wheelers to cover more territory. Most didn't know much about what happened, only the little information they had heard from authorities.

Smith said the close-knit community has little crime, so word of this has come as a shock. Parsons has about 2,500 residents

Bud Grimes, a spokesman for the University of Tennessee at Martin, said Bobo was studying to be a licensed practical nurse through the Tennessee Technology Center. She was taking classes at the university's extension campus in Parsons, but was not a UT-Martin student.

Family friend David Ivey, whose son went to high school with Bobo, said the young woman has an "angelic voice" and loved to show it off in talent contests at school. She also would sing solos at Corinth Baptist Church where she was a member, he said.

Bobo's pastor, Don Franks, said he has known the young woman all her life and called her "a fine young Christian girl." He said the community response to her abduction has been exceptional.

Bobo is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was seen around 7:30 a.m. wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

"They're searching, bringing food and holding prayer vigils," he said. "The whole community is praying for her safety and well-being."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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