Missing Tennessee Woman Holly Bobo's Remains Identified

The nursing student disappeared from her home in 2011.

September 9, 2014, 12:26 AM

— -- Human remains discovered in rural Tennessee are those of a missing nursing student who disappeared from her home in April 2011, authorities say.

The remains of Holly Bobo were found Sunday not far from her home in the town of Parsons, located about 110 miles east of Memphis, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday night.

Bobo was 20 when she disappeared, with hundreds of volunteers joining law enforcement to search for body.

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The remains were found Sunday in Decatur County, Tennessee, near property owned by the family of Zachary Rye Adams, who has been charged in Bobo's kidnapping and slaying. He has pleaded not guilty.

A second man charged, Jason Autry, also has pleaded not guilty.

The discovery comes nine days after Keith Byrd took over as sheriff of Decatur County, Tennessee. When Byrd took office, he said one of his top priorities was to bring the case to a close.

But Byrd never imagined the case would come to a close so quickly.

At a Monday news conference, Byrd discussed how Bobo's parents are handling the news.

"The finding of her body was more of a relief than anything," Byrd said. "They had already come to grips with the idea that she was dead."

Bobo disappeared from her home when a man in camouflage led her into the woods near her home, according to witness statements from her brother. Bobo’s brother said he mistakenly believed the man was her boyfriend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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