whitney gma Severe Weather Advisory Hampers Search For Cousin Of Whitney Duncan


[pullquote quote=”This is the most courageous, spirited, relentless, heartfelt, community effort I have ever witnessed.” credit= “Will Nunley, WBBJ-TV”] (Last updated 7:53 pm ET, 4/19/11)  Today the reward was given a boost by the Tennessee Sherrif’s Association to $80,000, as hundreds of volunteers continue their search for 20 year old Holly Bobo, missing cousin of country star [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Duncan[/lastfm].  See video coverage of  Whitney Duncan‘s Monday appearance on Good Morning America.  Twenty year old Holly Bobo was abducted from her home on Wednesday morning, April 13th.  Authorities report the search is still a rescue mission. Read on for further updates.

[photogallerylink id=75724 align=right]Update 4/19/11 at 7:53 pm:  According to Will Nunley, WBBJ-TV, our trusted source at the scene of the search command center for Holly Bobo, today started out with a wind advisory, expecting severe storms past midnight in Decatur County area.  THP reported this morning that they were “trying some new tactics” as witnesses report heavy police presence in the Myracletown Road area.  Authorities describe the roadblocks as ‘new tactic.’  An additional 12 state investigators have been brought in to question residents and motorists.  Officers are talking to neighbors, asking in detail everything they heard or saw last Wednesday.

Due to the threat of severe weather, as of approximately 4 pm Central, new teams are not being sent out.  Volunteers are asked to report at 9 am tomorrow.  Today’s registered volunteers were documented to be 303.

On another note the Tennessee Sherrif’s Association boosted the reward today, which is now at $80,00.

Update 4/18/11 at 10:14 pm (ET):  EMA is asking for volunteers to once again return, at 7AM.  Will Nunley: Meeting with Lt. Wilbanks of  THP: “NO arrests have been made, NO dramatic evidence has been found, this is still an active search.  This has been an exhausting 6 day search. People are tired, I understand. We need to rest, and stay focused on this mission.”

Update 4/18/11 at 7:12 pm (ET):   Several secondary command centers work in 2 counties, as authorities broaden their search.  THP: Searches of Natchez Trace cabins have not turned up any evidence.  EMA: Volunteers still needed tomorrow at 7:00am. “We are NOT scaling back”

Update 4/18/11 at 4:44 pm (ET): (press conference via @WillNunley, WBBJ-TV)

  • TBI Spokesperson : there is no possible way this is a hoax.
  • TBI: Law enforcement will now be staging at the National Guard Armory in Parsons.
  • No comment about alleged cell phone activity
  • TBI: We need the public to think back, figure out if someone was acting unusual Wednesday
  • TBI: We don’t deal with rumors. We stick to facts. as long as leads come in here, we will be here.
  • TBI: We feel like the person (suspect) is right here in the community
  • TBI: We never know what we will turn up in the next 5 minutes…thats where our hope is.
  • TBI: No searches have gone beyond state lines
  • TBI: We are trying to figure out what items may be linked to Holly
  • TBI: There is no person of interest
  • TBI: We are searching waterways
  • TBI: Governor has increased reward to a total of $75,000.00

Update 4/18/11 at 11:03 am (ET):  It started with 1 donation, now the BP is parsons has more than 800 dollars to provide gas to searchers with ATV’s.  Even through a workday, hundreds return to volunteer. Source: even more tactical teams brought in to help search.

Whitney Duncan appears on Good Morning America, April 18, 2011

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Update 4/18/11 at 8:06 am (ET): Whitney Duncan to appear in moments on ABC’s Good Morning America. This is one of the first times a family member has spoken about the case. Source: Law enforcement continues to gain specialized help, in searches for Holly. Authorities working around the clock.

Update 4/17/11 at 11:43 pm (ET):  Organizer: Horses, ATV’s will be important tomorrow.

Update 4/17/11 at 9:45 pm (ET): (press conference and prayer service)

  • The Brantley Charter Bus Company of Lexington, donating buses to transport volunteers. Another.need.met. http://www.brantleycharter.net/
  • Holly’s family Pastor also offered a tearful prayer. Asking for courage for the heartbroken parents and family.
  • Tonight’s service was led in part by the Pastor of Bible Hill Baptist. The first volunteer command center. The Pastor has not left since.
  • Official: Buses that were used to shuttle volunteers, have to return to service with the school system. No others are available.  Volunteers will likely need to drive personal vehicles to search command posts.
  • After prayer, crowd sings “Amazing Grace” ‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.’
  • Pastor: “I consider it a privilege to live in Decatur County. There has not been a store in this county that has not given something”
  • Families and complete strangers gather for short prayer service.
  • THP: today has been a good day
  • EMA: anyone who can, we will resume our search tomorrow. 7AM at the fairgrounds.
  • THP: we are doing this for a reason
  • Official: we won’t have the buses tomorrow
  • Official: we will search Natchez Trace Park again tomorrow.

Update 4/17/11 at 8:45 pm (ET): A community-wide prayer service will be held at 8:30pm at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.

Update 4/17/11 at 5:33 pm (ET): Documents: 1,419 volunteers searching 2 counties for missing Holly Bobo

Update 4/17/11 5:27 pm (ET):  Source: several waterway searches viewed to be in progress, dive teams being utilized.

Update 4/17/11 at 3:13 pm (ET):  Press Conference via @willnunley WBBJ-TV on the scene.

  • TBI: We do believe the suspect is a member of this community. No one has been ruled out as a suspect.
  • TBI: We have collected other items than the lunch box
  • Breaking: TBI: There was a small amount of blood found outside the home. Blood sample is being tested.
  • TBI: We have teams in Natchez Trace State Park
  • TBI: We are looking with someone with unusual behavior with a vehicle over the past few days, excessive washing, cleaning, possibly selling
  • TBI: We have received more than 250 leads
  • TBI: Do you remember someone with unusual behavior involving an ATV or other vehicle?
  • TBI: “We need people in the Parsons Community to think back Wednesday Morning”
  • TBI: Search crews are looking between Gooch rd and I-40 in Decatur County.

Update 4/17/11 at 2 pm (ET):
At least 3 command centers, hundreds of law enforcement, and over 600 volunteers are said to be involved in this escalated search effort.  TBI: Media Update will be held at 2:00pm (Central) at north side of the fairgrounds.

Update 4/17/11 at 11 am: Lord, please lead us to Holly today! Let’s bring her home safe.  ~Whitney Duncan via Facebook

Update 4/17/11 at 10:53 am:  EMA: “We want to find Holly before it gets dark.” Official: “We still need people with ATV’s and horses to help search. If not, prepare yourself to walk long distances too.” EMA: “We are good with the areas we have searched, we want to really broaden our search radius.”

Update 4/17/11 at 10:45 am:
Urgent: EMA: “We need all the people we can get.  Decatur EMA: “We have a massive area to cover, I need people that can walk long distances.

Update 4/17/11 at 10:30 am: Urgent: after new developments overnight, volunteers are asked to resume search now in force.  THP: ALL 4 Wheelers and Horses needed to report to the fairgrounds at this time.  “We have some new direction.”  Officials have not commented on what information or evidence has prompted this additional effort.

Update 4/16/11 at 5:11 pm: Press Conference

  • TBI: this is still a rescue effort
  • TBI: we are relying on other states to help us too, sort through leads
  • TBI: asking the public to leave the family alone…
  • TBI: we will take advantage of all the volunteers we have
  • TBI: we are exhausting all leads
  • TBI: next 6 hours will look like the past few days, efforts continue
  • Sheriff: volunteers are finding leads
  • TBI: we are getting a tremendous amount of leads from around the nation

Update 4/16/11 at 4:42 pm: Official: “A lot of ground has been covered” Media update coming at 4pm Central.

Update 4/16/11 at 10 am:  More than 320 volunteers have answered the call to help. Buses are quickly taking them to new search areas.

Update 4/15/11 at 6:55 pm: Breaking: lists show more than 900 volunteers present!

Update 4/15/11 at 6:15 pm:  Press Conference

  • TBI: we feel she was in fear of her life.
  • TBI the boyfriend is not a suspect, the brother is not a suspect
  • TBI: we have searched parts of Henderson county, decatur county, a massive area
  • TBI: no vehicles have been recovered
  • TBI: we did find a lunch pale, that has been recovered
  • She walked into the woods
  • She was not forcefully dragged

Update 4/15/11 at 5:39 pm:  Official to crowd: just look for recent things. We think she is leaving a trail.  More than 500 said to be here.

Update 4/15/11 at 4:52 pm:  Breaking: more than 400 have appeared to assist with the search.

[pullquote quote=”2 days later…trying to keep the faith. I can’t thank y’all enough for all the efforts to find Holly. Keep it up until she is home with us!” credit=”Whitney Duncan via Twitter “]Update 4/15/11 at 4:10 pm:  Source: Victim appeared to be ‘led’ into the woods, by a man wearing full ‘Turkey Camo.’
AP: Authorities now clarifying term ‘dragging’ from first witness accounts

Update 4/15/11 at 3:48 pm:  WBBJ Meteorologists say crews have a ‘few hours’ before severe weather is expected to enter the county.
Authorities plan to carefully fight severe weather, and try to comb a new area, asking for help from able volunteers.
Official: Authorities hope to lead 200 people to search a specific area.

Update 4/15/11 at 2:35 pm: County Mayor is speaking, ‘we are very positive.’ We have found some articles that are helping. (Press conference via Will Nunley, WBBJ-TV)

Update 4/14/11 at 10:55 pm:
All 3 major networks will be going live from Parsons for their morning shows ~Will Nunley, WBBJ-TV

Update 4/14/11 at 5:58 pm:
The family has offered a $25,000 reward to anyone with info leading to a safe return of Holly. If you’d like to contribute please send a check to: Holly Bobo Reward Fund,  450 Tennessee Ave. South, Parsons, TN 38363 ~Whitney Duncan

Update 4/14/11 at 4:24 pm:
A $25,000 is now being offered for information on Holly Bobo’s whereabouts. Holly’s parents have expressed their gratitude to the community and volunteers. The sheriff and attendants at the press conference joined in prayer as her parent’s left. (Photo Here) ~Will Nunley, WBBJ-TV

Holly Bobo (photo here) was on her way to school at UT Martin where she’s studying to be a nurse. Reports say her older brother saw her being dragged into nearby woods by a man wearing camouflage. Authorities are searching a five mile square radius on ground and by air.

Holly is 5’3″ and weighs 110 pounds and was last seen wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

Officials ask that if you see Holly or anything suspicious contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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We are all sending out prayers for Holly’s safe return.

Comments (8)
  1. brian says:


  2. Deana says:

    My thoughts and prayers go with you in a safe return for your loved one!

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