Every Monday, I'm presenting a new mystery. Some have been solved...some remain unsolved to this day.
Today's mystery hits a little close to home. It happened in Darden, Tennessee, just a couple of hours from my house. It received national coverage because, well, the victim looked like this:
Holly was a 20-year-old college student preparing for her nursing exams in a town with a population of 396. Which is the average number of people in the produce section of my grocery store at any given time. Holly had a boyfriend:
On the morning of April 13, 2011, Holly awoke at 4:30 a.m. to study for an exam. Around 7:30, she spoke to her ^^boyfriend^^, who was hunting at her grandmother's farm. Her parents had already left for work, but her brother Clint was still asleep in the house.
At 7:40 a.m., a neighbor heard a scream coming from the general direction of the property. That neighbor's mom called Holly's mom, expressing concern. Holly's mom:
At 7:50, Clint was awakened by the family dogs barking. He says he looked out and saw two people kneeling in the garage. One was Holly and, at the time, he assumed the other was her boyfriend, Drew. He said Holly was visibly upset and the only words he could make out were, "No, why?"
Soon after this, Holly's mom called Clint and told him that was not Drew. She suggested he get his gun and shoot the person speaking to Holly. Clint's response? "You want me to shoot Drew?"
Frustrated, Holly's mom hung up and dialed 911. Meanwhile, Clint stood watching while Holly was led into the woods by a man in camouflage clothing. Clint ran outside and found a pool of blood near Holly's car. The blood was later confirmed to be Holly's.
More than three painful years later, Holly's remains were finally found in the woods a few miles from her home. Three men were prosecuted for her murder, with two remaining in jail. One, Zach Adams, appears to be the primary subject, due in part to some very incriminating Facebook posts he made after her abduction:
The "Who am I looking for?" post was just after the reward went up for Holly. However, the below post went up just minutes after Holly was last seen:
The evidence against Zachary Adams and the other suspects is still a mystery. The case drags on and on for reasons unknown. Most recently, the judge said the earliest a trial could begin in the case is April of 2017. Nobody really knows what the police know. Some think the brother is involved somehow. But I would assume the police cleared him right away.
Meanwhile, this dude sits in jail...
...while a family is heartbroken.
Do you think Zachary killed Holly? Or is someone else to blame?