Mom says purse found in woods does not belong to missing daughter

Investigators and the mother of a missing nursing student say a purse found this week does not belong to Holly Bobo.

Karen Bobo, Holly’s mother, saw a photo of the purse and told investigators that she thought it belonged to her missing daughter. But Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said after Bobo saw it in person she realized it wasn’t Holly’s.

Neighborhood dogs had found the purse in the hills in west Tennessee Wednesday prompting a search for clues but nothing was found.

Bobo, a nursing student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was last seen two years ago by her 25-year-old brother, Clint, who reported seeing her being taken into the woods by an unidentified man dressed in camouflage.

A massive hunt was launched for Bobo when she disappeared from her Darden home on April 13, 2011. Authorities used high-resolution underwater imaging to search lakes and ponds, as well as bloodhounds to scour rugged terrain -- in particular, Natchez Trace State Park

A small amount of blood was found in the family's carport, where Holly was believed taken from while on her way to school, police sources told at the time of her disappearance.

Bobo's brother said he initially thought she was being taken into the woods by her boyfriend, but grew concerned when he saw the man's arm holding onto his sister. He called his mother, who then contacted 911, according to local reports.

Anyone with information on the woman's whereabouts is urged to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The $250,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Bobo.’s Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.