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TBI criticizes nonprofit investigators, WSMV about Holly Bobo reports

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    Without Warning issues statement about TBI News Release

    Friday, May 17 2013 7:11 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:11:18 GMT
    The entire Without Warning Team stands by its actions to help find Holly Bobo and strongly disagrees with TBI's portrayal of WW's efforts.The team is committed to assisting the family, the community andMore >>
    The entire Without Warning Team stands by its actions to help find Holly Bobo and strongly disagrees with TBI's portrayal of WW's efforts.The team is committed to assisting the family, the community andMore >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has gone public with its criticism of a nonprofit detective team investigating the 2-year-old Holly Bobo missing person's case.

The TBI said that Without Warning did not conduct its casework to law enforcement standards.

Channel 4 News has reported extensively on Without Warning's findings.

The TBI said no information contained in the case files or the Channel 4 video had led to any new evidence in the Bobo case.

Bobo was abducted from outside her Darden, TN, home more than two years ago.

After two years of what felt like no movement on the case, the family reached out to the not-for-profit Without Warning.

Private detectives Sheila Wysocki, Mike Kenney, Lou Leiker and Paul Fantuzzi, all volunteers with hugely successful careers, helped the family reorganize two years of clues and information and then shared theories and leads developed on the case.

The TBI said the Without Warning team put a cell phone ping map of Bobo's phone together based on incorrect and unofficial information.

"The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources," said TBI Director Mary Gwyn in a news release.

Gwyn called the Channel 4 News reports "irresponsible and unprofessional and harmful to the case."

The Without Warning team issued the following statement this afternoon.

"The entire Without Warning team stands by its actions to help find Holly Bobo and strongly disagrees with TBI's portrayal of Without Warning's efforts. The team is committed to assisting the family, the community and law enforcement solve her abduction and bring her home."

Karen Bobo said by phone Friday evening she supports Without Warning and the Channel 4 News stories.

"I stand behind anybody that is trying to help find Holly. That's what we can't lose focus of - and that is any information or anybody that is trying to help find Holly," Karen Bobo said.

The TBI also said the Bobo case file is 27 volumes and contains more than 1,500 investigative reports, nearly 20 times the size of a normal homicide investigation.

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