The Federal Bureau of Investigation executed several search warrants Friday in connection with the 2011 disappearance of missing nursing student Holly Bobo
Investigators conducted one of the searches at the home of Zachary Adams, who was arrested by Decatur County authorities on unrelated assault charges during the search. Adams has a record. He bonded out on a drug charge in another county a few days before Friday's arrest.
Neighbors say investigators searched his property on Adams Lane—described as heavily wooded with at least one well—in the past in connection to the disappearance of Bobo, who went missing at 20 years old.
The TBI blocked access to Adams Lane and several marked cars were in the front yard of the home, where Adams' grandfather also resides. The homes is 14 miles north of Bobo's hometown Darden.
Agents were seen from chopper images sifting dirt and looking for clues in an area behind Adams' home. They used metal probes as they searched the grounds.Also, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office had a cadaver dog to assist with the investigation. Two to three more cadaver dogs will be made available to participate in the search again Saturday.
At least four vehicles were towed away from a property as a result of the search warrants. In addition, officials conducted interviews in surrounding counties.
"This is a very important time in this investigation. We're not going to say or do anything at the point to interfere with this investigation," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn Friday afternoon. "Hopefully we'll be able to return Holly home safely to her parents. That's our goal."
He said the investigation remains ongoing and may span over the next several days. Gwyn did not indicate what prompted the agency to ask for the search warrants.
Bobo was last seen on the morning of April 13, 2011. Her brother said he saw a man in camouflage lead her away from the Darden, Tenn. home into the woods. Her brother told the Decatur County sheriff that he thought the man wearing camouflage and walking into the woods with his sister was her boyfriend.
Family members say she was leaving for school when they believed she was kidnapped.
Danielle Darnell, who lives in the area, says she and Holly Bobo's mother saw three men acting strangely one week before Holly disappeared. She says she has known Adams her whole life.
Darnell says Adams and two of his friends were following Holly at a coon hunt dinner.
"Holly was on stage walking around the coon hunt. They basically stalked her a little bit," she said.
Bobo's hometown and the surrounding area have never given up hope. The people of Parsons, Tennessee routinely replace pink light post ribbons, but their resolve has never faded.
Bonnie Smith has a Holly Bobo reward sign in her convenience store window.
"Every time that anything happens, there's been so much hope," she said. "I'm hoping that this will be the final time"
Several cars were parked outside Corinth Baptist Church Friday evening, where some of Holly's friends formed a prayer circle inside the sanctuary.
"At this point we believe she's still alive. We don't have any evidence to contradict that, so we still believe Holly's alive," said pastor Don Franks.
The church organized an all-day vigil for Saturday even before Friday's new developments.
The 12-hour vigil takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church in nearby Darden, Tennessee.
If you have information that could help investigators, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.