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Police search for evidence in Holly Bobo case after man was arrested

On Friday, seemingly out of the blue, search warrants have been executed at a house that is located about 15 miles from where a young Tennessee nursing student went missing in 2011.

Zachary Adams
Zachary Adams
Belton County Sheriff Dept.
Holly Bobo poster
Holly Bobo poster
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Holly Bobo, then 20, was last seen near her car on Swan Johnson Road being escorted into the woods by an unknown person wearing camouflage clothing, as described by Holly's brother.

Her disappearance reached the national level and the media all but camped out in her small town in Decatur County for several weeks as they waited for updates from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

Evidence was found the following weeks after she went missing. Some proved to be not connected to the case at all. In one instant the evidence turned out to not be blood but bird poop, but other evidence turned out to be vital. One such item, was a white lunch box that was found about eight miles from her home in a creek.

Early on in the investigation the police also were able to track Holly's phone through her cell phone records, because it had not been turned off. The path went through Decatur and Henderson counties. The trace shows the phone stopping for about 15 minutes at a remote cemetery. The cell phone was eventually located along a highway north of Parsons, 8 miles from her home, and the SIM card was found a mile from there.

Because the route was winding but deliberate, "you would have to know the area to get through the woods," said former LAPD Detective Lou Leiker told WRCB news.

Why a search warrant is now being served at a home on Adams Lane in Decatur County that is owned by Zach Adams, 29, has not been answered by authorities. The FBI and TBI have worked in tangent going through the house and the grounds and even bringing in a cadaver dog. Four vehicles have been towed away from the home, report The Tennessean.

The police won't say why the arrest of Zachary Adams on drug charges earlier in the week in Benton County and an arrest for aggravated assault on Friday led them to search his home in connection with the disappearance of Holly.

If Adams is found to be connected to the disappearance of Holly, did the authorities talk to him before? According to Danielle Darnell, Holly's friend, yes they did. The TBI had been on his property and they know that Adams, along with two of his friends were following Holly around during a "coon hunt dinner," a week before she went missing.

Danielle Darnell told the Jackson Sun that she had talked with the TBI about Zachary, who she had known all of her life. It is pretty safe to guess that Holly probably knew him also.

The description of the person that took Holly was said to have been a white male between 5'10" tall and 6 foot and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds. There are many people that fit that description, including Zachary Adams.

As of Saturday, authorities have not named anyone a suspect and were quoted to have said it was premature to say there are any suspects at this point.

"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."

With Gwyn's carefully worded statement you can't help but wonder if they know more than what they are saying and are making sure they are handling the case strictly by the letter of the law in case it ends up in an arrest.