'Significant Item' Recovered In Holly Bobo Search 4-24-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

'Significant Item' Recovered In Holly Bobo Search 4-24-2011

PARSONS, TN (WSMV) -

A search for a missing West Tennessee woman has turned up an item that investigators believe likely belongs to her, but they aren't saying what it is.

It's been almost two weeks since 20-year-old Holly Bobo has been missing from her Parsons home, and while investigators had planned on calling off the volunteer-fueled ground searches soon, they found something Sunday afternoon that they said has changed their minds.

Easter Sunday started the way all Sundays do in Parsons: with prayer. But after a special sunrise service in Bobo's honor, hundreds of volunteers got straight to work.

"Seeing people give up their Easters with their families to be here was very inspirational," said volunteer Glen Adams.

Hundreds spent the day sweating on their hands and knees away from their families, in hopes of helping the Bobo's reunite theirs. And mid-way through the day, there was a breakthrough.

Investigators said they found something. They won't say what, but they will say it's significant enough to make them want to continue searching the area for at least one more day.

"It makes you feel great -- Easter Sunday and finding some good information," said Bobo family spokesperson Kevin Bromley. "Hopefully we can expand the search and find out more tomorrow."

"To us, seems like maybe they're looking for more items that Holly may have had," said volunteer Chris Villefor, principal of Decatur County Middle School. "They haven't clued us in, either. We're kind of out here in the dark, hoping we can find something that can help them."

Bobo's parents said they wanted to thank those volunteers and officials face-to-face Sunday, and they tried. Dana and Karen Bobo made it as far as the search headquarters parking lot, but had to turn around.

"Dana and Karen thought they could come and talk to the volunteers, to thank them and talk to them some," said Bromley. "But it's just too much, too hard."

"I'm glad she didn't because I think it would have been too emotional for the volunteers too," said Adams. "And we already know they appreciate us."

An $80,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the case. Call 1-800-TBI-FIND with any tips.

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