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Electronics, personal photos taken from man investigated in Bobo case

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The Ohio man under investigation for obstruction in the Holly Bobo investigation said all his electronics and even his daughter's cheerleader photo was taken by the TBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations during a raid at his home last month.

In his first interview since the raid, Tony Calabrese agreed to answer questions from the Channel 4 I-Team.

Calabrese, who lives in East Liverpool, OH, said when he first heard of Holly Bobo's disappearance, he was intrigued.

He said he decided to get involved, and developed a website stating he was running a search and rescue team to try and find Bobo.

Calabrese was active online, criticizing the TBI's investigation and conducting his own inquiries.

But Calabrese admitted to the Channel 4 I-Team he has never run a search and rescue team before, and has never stepped foot in Tennessee since Bobo's disappearance.

"You're a guy from Ohio, who admits you have not been to Tennessee since holly disappeared, isn't that strange that you're so interested and involved in the case?" asked Channel 4 I-Team chief investigator Jeremy Finley.

"I can see speculation on that," Calabrese said.

Calabrese said he's so interested in the Bobo case because his own daughters were once abducted by a family member and were returned safely afterwards.

But Calabrese said after he turned over information about who he suspects abducted Holly Bobo to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, he said agents from Tennessee and Ohio showed up at his house and told him he had made the TBI angry.

Calabrese said he was interrogated for hours, and agents took all his electronics, including his computer and phone, as well as his daughter's computer, essentially cutting off all his access to stay involved in the search for Bobo.

"It's basically been a nightmare," Calabrese said.

"If you weren't such a hindrance to this case, why would these two different law enforcement agencies take this step to basically take your belongings? You must have been causing them problems," Finley asked.

"I don't feel that I was causing problems, I feel I was getting too close to something they didn't want to get out," Calabrese said.

The TBI won't discuss their investigation, and would only say Calabrese was drawing attention away from the real investigation.

The TBI said Calabrese is not a suspect, but Calabrese said he can't help but wonder why agents also took his daughter's photographs and her birth certificate.

"A lot of things that didn't make a lot of sense why they would be taken, just like her competition cheerleading pictures, and things that don't make sense at all," Calabrese said.

A TBI spokeswoman said their investigation is ongoing.

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