Monday, November 21, 2016

Mystery Monday: Holly Bobo

It's Monday, which means it's time for:



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:




Is it fair that beautiful young women get more media coverage when they suddenly disappear? Not really. Still, the story of Holly Bobo would be haunting even if she weren't so beautiful.



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?

44 comments:

  1. Without more evidence, it's hard to say. Odd that her mom would say to shoot when she didn't really know what was happening. And why didn't her brother go see why she was so upset?

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    1. Honestly? When I first heard the story, I thought something was odd about him standing at the window, watching her walk off into the woods with a guy in camouflage. But he would have been heavily investigated being the only person home at the time and the last person to see her, so I can only ASSUME the TBI cleared him. Unfortunately, so much of this the public still doesn't know because we're perpetually waiting for this darn trial to start. Once that starts, I imagine more info. will come out, but some have said they wonder if the reason it keeps being delayed is that there are issues with the evidence? (If so, though, I can't imagine they'd just let the guy sit in jail...)

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  2. There's not enough to go on. The brother sounds a bit clueless if he couldn't bother going downstairs to find out what was going on.

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    1. Although that could just be laziness. He wouldn't be the first teenage boy to stand there like a doofus while something serious was going on!

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  3. I don't know, it needs more concrete evidence and I wouldn't take these Facebook posts as that. You get cranks doing things like that for all kinds of sick reasons, like getting attention.

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    1. The FB post could be the equivalent of a false confession. I think everyone's assuming the TBI had concrete proof before they made an arrest...it was not long after they found her remains.

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  4. This is quite a mystery indeed.

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  5. The brother does seem dense - or suspicious. Hopefully the trial will shed some light. I imagine getting all the evidence together is quite a chore, given all the holes, but for the family's sake I hope it does go to trial soon.
    They could be holding Zachary for more than one crime, which might explain why he hasn't been released.

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    1. That is true. There have been issues with the attorneys delaying things, but there's a lot going on behind the scenes that the public doesn't yet know about.

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    2. I hope you'll keep us posted on this. The poor girl - and her family - deserve justice.

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  6. It seems strange that it's taking so long to bring anyone to justice for this horrific murder. There's obviously problems with evidence. I do hope they sort it soon so the family can have some closure.

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    1. Attorneys have their little fancy ways of delaying things but it's crazy how long murder trials can take, especially when they're high profile.

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  7. What a strange case. I'm sure the brother would know the boyfriend if he saw him. Why was the mom so sure it wasn't him? It's all fishy. I do wonder what other things were going on within that group.

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    1. I think the mom freaked out when she heard that there was a scream from their house. Also, I seem to recall the mom knew the boyfriend was hunting that day on a completely separate property? So when she said "That's not him," it was based more on that than what she knew was going on at her own property.

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  8. A sad, sad story. I wonder why the brother didn't do anything. Why didn't he go outside to make sure his sister was all right?

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    1. I've wondered that from the beginning. Assuming the TBI cleared him, I'm going to say maybe he woke up from a sleep, looked outside, and was SO sure in his sleepy stupor that it was her boyfriend, it didn't register for a while?

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  9. Your "Mystery Monday" makes Mondays easier to face! This is a very strange case. I believe they have the right men. I think one of the suspects took a video of her tied up, crying and being assaulted. A judge supposedly saw the video. It is very strange that it is taking so long to bring them to justice, especially now that her body has been found. Maybe they want to make sure they have enough evidence to charge everyone involved? If the brother isn't involved, he must be feeling very guilty. I can't imagine him not checking things out--even if he did think she was arguing with her boyfriend. My brother would have come out to see if everything was okay. I think most brothers (or sisters or friends) would have done the same.

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    1. Yes, a witness "swears" she saw that video. I hope the police have more than her swearing it! I guess witness testimony is always a good thing, but if there was a video, the TBI should have been able to obtain it from that person's cell phone provider.

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  10. It will be interesting to see what happens when the case goes to trial. So many unanswered questions, like how the mom knew what was going on?

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    1. I wonder if that was part women's intuition. But if any mom received a call at work from a neighbor saying there had been a scream coming from her property--and that mom knew her kids would be home alone--that mom would likely panic!

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  11. Huh, that is a mystery. I can't tell from the story here who could be at fault, but I hope for the family's sake, they get some answers.

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    1. I hope so, too. I feel so bad for the mom.

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  12. Hi Stephanie, I have no idea who killed her but what a stupid waste of life. I feel so sorry for the family and for Holly herself. Her parents will never have the joy of seeing her married or having children. It is just tragic. I hope they have got the person responsible it would be a double tragedy if they had the wrong man.

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    1. I agree. I read/watch/listen to a lot of true crime stories and the number of cases that have been overturned by DNA evidence (after the wrong person spent 20 years in jail) is alarming.

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  13. So the boyfriend was hunting, and the guy leading her into the woods was wearing camouflage. A small town of less than 400 people, they were bound to all know each other....?

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    1. I know! But it appears the last person she spoke to was her boyfriend and he was hunting on her grandmother's property "nearby." I believe I heard on one of the podcasts I listen to that it wasn't as "nearby" as they made it sound...but she was on the phone with her boyfriend just before the scream was heard. I assume since the police know she was on the phone with him (and since he probably had been wearing camouflage?), the police cleared him? He and the brother should have been top on the suspects list...the TBI was involved and for them to arrest someone completely unconnected tells me that there has to be something they did to clear the two of them.

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    2. All the unanswered questions...I can only imagine how her parents feel about the whole thing! UGH!! Even worse that it's a small town.

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  14. I remember hearing about this story. There are so many strange aspects of it, and with the police holding all the evidence secret ... maybe there are more people going to be charged?

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    1. It was so complicated, it is tough to get into all the details here, but there were more people questioned and charged, but Zach has a very dark past. Some of the charges were dropped and one of the suspects killed himself. The police are still withholding a LOT of information on how the others might have been involved, but they've been charged with kidnapping, rape, and first-degree murder, which says a lot.

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  15. The whole incident is very strange. Why did the mother tell her son to shoot the man? What did she know that we don't? I think a follow up on this story is called for. Thanks for tempting my imagination, Stephanie.

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    1. I know, right? I can't figure that out. "Holly screamed and there's a man outside. SHOOT." Although mother's intuition goes a long way... If I were a crime writer, I would SO be in that courtroom every day. It would make a good book.

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  16. That is odd. Living in Appalachia, I'm not as unsettled by mom's comment as everyone else...but I am curious as to how the mom knew it wasn't Drew? There is definitely some missing information in this case. Let me know how the trial goes, k?

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    1. I will definitely be keeping an eye on it. This is one of those cases I may have to update in a year or so!

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  17. Sad story. Sounds like there are some twists there that aren't being shared. It'll be interesting to see the outcome of the trial.

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    1. Lots of secrets. I'll be keeping watch. IF they ever get their act together to start the thing.

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  18. Odd. A strange timeline. I hope they get to the trial soon.

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    1. I do wonder why the brother slept through her scream but not the dog barking? That seems odd...

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  19. Those were some weird events leading up to her death.

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    1. Definitely. Some strange things going on in that tiny little town.

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  20. This is a mystery but I, too, would need more information. I can see the mom say "shoot" since she was scared for her daughter and that in the initial reaction especially the south and guns and all. In this case...it would have been an excellent reason. Her brother was looking out at this and self preservation may have taken over. He knew enough that it looked bad so he decided to stay away and not be a hero. Where is Drew? Who was the other person kneeling beside her?.

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  21. I think it's weird how the brother didn't appear to be remotely concerned that his sister was so upset - if I saw my sister upset (even if I assumed the man she was with was her boyfriend), I would go out and see what's up. It seems like a missed opportunity to stop those terrible events from happening. I think the whole thing sounds very very strange - although there does appear to be evidence against one suspect, I hope it doesn't turn into another Steven Avery case either. And why wait so long for a trial? Very odd!
    Love these mystery posts, Stephanie, they give me something to think about at work!

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  22. Sad!! Very sad! A true mystery! I think there is some covering up by the family! I hope the truth comes out!

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  23. So many questions. Who was Zachory? Someone from school? Why would her brother not go down immediately and find out what was going on with his sister? Were forensics unable to decipher anything from the body? It would be interesting to find out from Zachory who he was speaking about on that Facebook post, after she was last scene. My heart goes out to this or any family having to deal with something so disturbing.

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