Nearly three years after Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student, went missing in a case that has frustrated both law enforcement and the missing woman's family, authorities announced Wednesday that a grand jury handed down an indictment for kidnapping and murder against Zachary Rye Adams, who was arrested last week after his home was searched in connection to an unrelated charge.
Fox News reported March 6 that Zachary Adams, 29, was arrested and held without bond but that investigators were not giving out details of the case.
"We believe we can prove that she was taken forcefully from her home without her consent," District Attorney General Hansel McAdams said. And if Adams is convicted, the death penalty is being considered.
"Based on the evidence that we have before us, we also feel that she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping," McAdams also noted, according to the Associated Press (via Yahoo News).
Holly Bobo, 20 at the time she went missing, was last seen by her brother on April 13, 2011, just outside their Parsons, Tenn., home being led into the woods outside their house by a man where camouflage clothing he at first thought was her boyfriend. According to the brother, he became concerned when he noticed the how the man's arm was holding his sister, so he called his mother. She then called 911.
Bobo, a nursing student, was in the process of getting ready to attend class, according to Reuters (via Yahoo News).
Police told FoxNews.com at the time of the disappearance that a small amount of blood had been in the carport.
But then the case languished for nearly three years...
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) notified the family before announcing that an arrest had been made in the case.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn would not divulge the kind of evidence that was uncovered or recovered during the search of Adams' home. He also left open the possibility of more arrests in the case.
"It's taken us three years to get to this point," Gwyn said, according to Reuters. "We can't mess it up now."
The investigation in ongoing, he said.
And although authorities may have found the individual they believe is responsible for the young woman's disappearance, Holly Bobo is still missing.