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Police, Volunteers Search for Missing Holly Bobo
Aired April 19, 2011 - 20:00 ET
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DEBORAH NORVILLE, GUEST HOST: Breaking news tonight in Tennessee. A beautiful rising country music star hits the country music charts, riding the wave of her newfound success in Nashville. But then Whitney Duncan`s worst nightmare comes true. Her gorgeous cousin, a nursing student, is kidnapped in broad daylight. Twenty-year-old Holly Bobo was last seen by her own brother being forced into dense woods with a mystery man dressed in camouflage. Holly has not been seen again. Suspicious evidence found nearby, including blood, Holly`s lunchbox and reportedly duct tape with blond hair. Tonight, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of 20-year- old Holly Bobo.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m Dana Bobo. This is my wife, Karen.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Missing 20-year-old Holly Bobo.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our daughter was taken from us!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Country music star Whitney Duncan is pleading for Holly`s safe return. They are cousins.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The 20-year-old college student vanished.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The only person who saw the suspect is Holly Bobo`s brother.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The brother is not a suspect.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He told deputies a man in camo was with his sister in the woods.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A white man in camouflage, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, kidnapped her into the woods.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It might have been somebody close, somebody that kind of knew our routine.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We know there was a lunch pail. We know there was blood.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She knew that she was in fear of her life, so she was complying with his commands.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Holly, I love you so much! Please, please try to get home to us!
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NORVILLE: And good evening, everybody, and welcome. I`m Deborah Norville, sitting in tonight for Nancy Grace. What happened to Holly Bobo, a beautiful nursing student only 20 years old, kidnapped in broad daylight, Holly Bobo last seen being forced in to the woods with that mystery man? And tonight she`s still missing without a trace, despite an award that has now been more than tripled to $80,000.
For the latest on this mystery case, we go to Alexis Tereszcuk, a reporter with Radaronline. Hi, Alexis. What`s the latest tonight?
ALEXIS TERESZCUK, RADARONLINE.COM: Hi, Deborah. Well, this is just a terrible tragedy. Holly has been missing for almost a week now. In fact, authorities were searching the lake near her house this morning. They were looking, apparently, for a body. They`ve closed off five roads around her house. She lives in a pretty rural area, so this is a huge area, and they are stopping everybody who`s going in and out of the area. They`re trying to find somebody with a local connection who maybe doesn`t realize that they saw something, and they`re just hoping -- they`ve had almost 300 tips to their tip line, and they`re following up on every single one of them. But people are desperate for Holly to come back.
NORVILLE: Did they find anything today? Because today, they were looking in the water, and that`s been a new -- new addition to the search.
TERESZCUK: That`s a new addition. They have not found anything yet. And you mentioned that there is some evidence. There was blood found in the house, and there was also some duct tape. I spoke with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It was found on the road near Holly`s house, not at her house. They would not comment on whether or not there was blond hair on it, but it has been reported that there was. And they`re not saying if it is hers or not, but it`s definitely something that`s raised some suspicion.
NORVILLE: Also covering the case is Joe Gomez. He`s a reporter with KTRH radio. Local law enforcement, Joe, has been joined by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, by the federal Bureau of Investigation, and we`re told that they are trying to draw up a profile. What can you tell us about the sort of individual who was seen leading Holly away from her home?
JOE GOMEZ, KTRH: Right, Deborah. Well, we know this man must have some profound knowledge of the wooded area surrounding Holly`s home. I mean, we understand this man was dressed in a camouflage outfit as he was leading Holly into the woods. That implies he may be a hunter or at least some sort of naturalist that has a lot of knowledge about the wooded area. Now, we`ve only found a lunchbox belonging to Holly with blood stains on it. That was eight miles away from the house near a creek. That the only trace of Holly.
So this man must be very meticulous, must be very good at what he does in terms of, you know, navigating his way through the woodlands and being able to cover his tracks. Right now, investigators say that this guy must be in the area. They almost are confident that this man has to at least live in the area or must be very familiar with Holly`s whereabouts and her family.
NORVILLE: The only thing we have to go on right now in this case is the sighting of Holly being led away and this blood evidence. With us now is Dr. Panchali Dhar, who is a doctor of internal medicine and an expert on forensics. Dr. Dhar, what can you tell us about the blood, first of all, the blood that was found in the garage of Holly`s home?
DR. PANCHALI DHAR, INTERNAL MEDICINE: Yes. It`s frightening to hear that there`s blood. You know what that means? That she`s wounded, there`s an open wound. So if she`s in the woods...
NORVILLE: It doesn`t necessarily mean that, Dr. Dhar. That could be the blood of the perpetrator.
DHAR: Possibility. If there was a fight involved, it could be mixed with her blood. But if it turns out to be her blood, she`s in bigger trouble than we expect. An open wound in the woods, that wound is infected. That could be festering. She could become septic. She made need medical attention, antibiotics. She could go into septic shock if that`s not attended to. So she could be debilitated from that. He doesn`t even have to try to kill her. She could just become weak and die from that.
NORVILLE: One of the things about that blood -- we need to know to whom that blood belongs. And at this point, the blood evidence was found the day she disappeared, on Wednesday morning. We`ve still heard nothing from the investigators about this. By this point, Dr. Dhar, they know whose blood that was. If it was Holly`s blood, they`ve been able to confirm that by now, have they not?
DHAR: Well, they could just do blood typing, if it matches her blood type. But then again, it could be the same type as the maniac that abducted her. What they really need to do is DNA. Once they get the DNA, which is going to take a couple of days to do, to absolutely get positive DNA evidence, match it to her mother, match it to her brother, her parents and her items of clothing so that we confirm it`s Holly`s blood and Holly`s DNA, then we have proof that that blood in front of the house is Holly`s blood from an injury, from some sort of struggle.
NORVILLE: In the meantime, the search for Holly, the search for the man who led her, has taken on epic proportions for this small area in Tennessee.
With us right now is Tammy Ramey, a friend of the Bobo family who has been out in the woods searching for Holly. Tammy, thank you so much for being with us. And first of all, tell us what you were looking for. When you were given instructions, what did they say to keep an eye open for?
TAMMY RAMEY, FRIEND OF BOBO`S FAMILY (via telephone): They told us to look for anything that should not belong in the woods -- candy wrappers, cigarette butts, items that maybe came out of a purse, just anything that was not right.
NORVILLE: And did you find anything when you were out looking?
RAMEY: No. No. I personally did not find anything. I know some others have, but you know, whether the things were connected, we have no idea.
NORVILLE: What did other searchers tell you that they found?
RAMEY: Oh, well, you know, they had -- you know, people had picked up, you know, candy wrappers and things like that, so, you know -- but this is a big hunting area, and you know, they just -- they`ll just have to analyze all that sort of stuff, anything that was found.
NORVILLE: I know you`re friends of the Bobo family. How are you all connected? How do you know them?
RAMEY: Well, Miss Karen was my daughter`s school teacher, and our families have known each other for years. And they`re one of the finer families in this county. You know, I`ve never heard anyone ever speak a harm (ph) word of any of that family. They`re just good people and they don`t deserve this.
NORVILLE: And because they are good people -- and to a person, everyone says the same thing. This is not a family that should have to be dealing with this kind of tragedy. What`s your best guess as to what happened?
RAMEY: I don`t know. You know, they`ve not given us anything. We`ve never had anything like this happen around us. And it is just -- we`re all just in shock. And you know, I don`t have a clue. You know, I just -- I don`t know. They -- you know, the authorities are not -- they`re not telling much, and we`re hoping that they know more than what they`re telling because it`s just all about trying to find her and get her home. There`s been thousands of us out there, literally thousands, looking for her.
NORVILLE: The last person who saw Holly, of course, was her brother, Clint, who`s 25 years old. And he has said to investigators and it`s been reported that he didn`t really think anything when he saw Holly walking off. He first thought it was her boyfriend. And it wasn`t until he saw that blood in the family garage that he got concerned and called 911.
What can you tell us about Clint? Because there`s bean great deal of speculation about how the story, quote, unquote, "changed," and it was probably just a miscommunication on the part of law enforcement relaying information to the media, and the media probably changed the word from dragged to being led. What can you tell us about Clint?
RAMEY: Clint Bobo is one of the finest boys that we have in this county and proud to have him here. And there is no way, no way that he had anything to do with it. And if he had ever thought his sister was in danger, he would have been right there.
NORVILLE: Earlier this evening, we talked with one of the Bobos` cousins. Her father and Holly`s father are brothers. And she chose not to speak to us on camera, but she said of this idea that Holly would have been going into the woods with her boyfriend -- he first thought that the boyfriend had gone hunting, it`s turkey season down in Tennessee, and that he wanted to show her a bird that he`d killed, and that was his first impression, which might explain why to many of us who wonder why you wouldn`t have sounded the alarm then -- that would explain why that is.
Does that seem plausible to you, Ms. Ramey?
RAMEY: Yes, it does. This area -- we`re a huge, huge hunting area, and most of the men in this county, you know, they deer hunt, they turkey hunt, they squirrel hunt, they coon hunt. And a man in camouflage during hunting season is nothing unusual around here. I mean, you don`t pay any attention to it.
RAMEY: And you know, we`re a huge hunting community. So you know, it didn`t seem odd to him.
NORVILLE: Ms. Ramey, I`m going to ask to you stand by. I want to ask Alex Sanchez, who is a criminal defense attorney, to step into our conversation. Mr. Sanchez, you`ve handled the defense of people in all kinds of difficult murder investigations. We don`t know what this case is going to end up to be, but what is your best guess on to what has happened to Holly?
ALEX SANCHEZ, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, you know, I think the police have some serious questions. And I know the family doesn`t want to hear this, but you know, this business about the brother seeing her walk into the woods and not reporting it immediately -- I`m troubled by that and I`m sure the police are troubled by that. And until that is completely resolved, the police are going to ask more and more questions, at least amongst themselves, as to what happened.
I find it incredible, though, some camouflaged person could simply disappear like a phantom without a trace at all. I`m sure there`s been track dogs going into the woods. What happened to this girl? There`s some serious outstanding questions here.
NORVILLE: As we go to a break -- and we`ll follow up on that -- we`ll take a look at what the terrain in this part of Tennessee looks like. And it`s easy to understand how someone could seemingly vanish in plain sight in this very densely wooded area. We`ll be back with more right after this.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The search for Holly Bobo.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s a pretty wooded area right around her home.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re bound and determined to find Holly.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Frantic searching have not turned up a single clue.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s our job to stay focused. We`re going to run every lead to the very end.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep us in your prayers, please.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, please help us find her!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The disappearance of 20-year-old Holly Bobo.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was taken from her home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have one eyewitness, and that`s Holly`s brother, and he was not able to give us a description of the person.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But he thought it was just Holly`s boyfriend. Then a neighbor heard Holly scream and called 911.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have recovered a white lunchbox of Holly`s near a creek bed just few miles from her home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re still analyzing all the evidence.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We cannot give up. We have to keep searching.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ll look at all possibilities and all persons.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We just send a plea out to whomever might be listening and watching to help this family.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Help us try to locate, find and bring home our daughter.
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NORVILLE: And those pleas for help have not gone unanswered. I`m Deborah Norville from "Inside Edition," sitting in tonight for Nancy Grace, as we try to answer the question what has happened to Holly Bobo. Thousands of people, literally, 1,100 people, have stepped up for one day of searching. Hundreds more have added their names to the ranks of searchers who`ve been looking for information and evidence that might help lead to the (INAUDIBLE)
I wonder if that is not something of a problem. With us tonight to discuss this case is Marc Harrold, a former police officer with the Atlanta Police Department. Mr. Harrold, when you`ve this many people, well intentioned though they are, is there not the danger that evidence could be compromised because of the efforts by people who are not trained in aspects of law enforcement evidence gathering?
MARC HARROLD, FMR. OFFICER, ATLANTA PD: Oh, absolutely. You know, you have a large area. It`s rural. You need people that know the area. And like was said earlier, you need people who know what it looks likes normally so they know what`s out of place.
But you`re talking about a lot of people. They could degrade the crime scene. They could violate the crime scene to some degree. And some of the things they were talking about earlier, where you`re looking for anything out of place like candy wrappers, soda cans, this sort of thing, after a certain period of time, you`re not sure if anything you find maybe have been dropped by one of these large number of searchers.
So you need them. It`s very well intentioned. It`s a necessary evil. And I don`t mean that in a bad way. It`s not an evil thing, but it`s a necessary evil that you`ve got to use untrained people to search large rural areas. There`s just no choice.
NORVILLE: Mary from California is with us on the phone. Mary, what`s your question?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My question is, is can you reenact the whole situation? The time that maybe how the blood got there, if the man, whoever it was, stabbed her and said, Walk out quietly, and was able to cut the tape, and then he walked her out and her brother noticed her walking out. And if he could identify the fact that he thought it was her boyfriend, then you can dress someone up like her boyfriend, or dress her boyfriend up and reenact the stage (ph) and find how many minutes does it take to do that from her house to where -- to the vicinity that they were walking and the time it took for him to call 911.
NORVILLE: Is that a bad idea, Marc Harrold?
HARROLD: Well, it`s not a bad idea first. It would be very important if you`re setting up that perimeter how far somebody has traveled in a certain period of time, whether you know they`re in a vehicle or on foot. At this point, she`s been gone since the 13th, so it`s become less and less valuable. It certainly couldn`t help. (SIC) I think may help even more if you recreate it. It may jog the brother`s memory a little bit and you may get some information that he didn`t think of. He`s trying to think just from his memory. If you recreate it, maybe he remembers some details. It`s not a bad idea. At this point, anything could help. Probably can`t hurt.
NORVILLE: New to the investigation today is the use of technology that can help look into the bottom of the many lakes that are in this area. Michael Gast is the founder of the National Academy of Police Diving. Mr. Gast, what might they able to see in the murky waters of some of these Tennessee lakes and creeks?
MICHAEL GAST, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF POLICE DIVING: Well, using sidescan sonar or LIDAR, they`re able to remap the bottom and detect things that are out of place on the bottom. But again, it`s the interpretation of that information that helps you to understand what it is you`re looking at. And the training and the skills of the person using that information and that technology bears heavily or real lightly on whether or not the information is good.
NORVILLE: What`s your best guess on what`s happened to Holly?
GAST: Oh, I have no idea.
NORVILLE: And Marc Harrold, what do you think?
HARROLD: Well, at this point, one big thing is that you have, you know, no ransom or anything. It`s not about money. You may have somebody who`s obsessed with her and using the camouflage in the woods to watch her without noticing. So it could be somebody who`s been obsessed with her.
NORVILLE: And when we come back, we will try to get into the mind of the kind of person who can do this dastardly deed. What does it take to kidnap a beautiful young woman in plain sight? We`ll get into that coming up.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Twenty-year-old Holly Bobo. She was abducted from her home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We feel like that the person that`s responsible for Holly Bobo`s disappearance lives in this area.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The focus is on somebody who`s part of that community.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A nursing student abducted.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Twenty-year-old Holly Bobo.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Authorities say her kidnapper may very well be from her small home town.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shocked everyone in the community.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Please help in any way. If you can call, if you`ve seen her or anything.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look around. Is anyone suspicious?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Someone that may have been trying to get rid of a vehicle or an ATV.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anyone whose whereabouts perhaps was unaccounted for.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Someone that they know regularly hunts in that area.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, please help us find her!
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NORVILLE: And welcome back. I`m Deborah Norville from "Inside Edition," filling in for Nancy Grace tonight. We`re discussing the disappearance of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. All we know for sure is that she disappeared early in the morning, being led away from her home by a man in camouflage.
What kind of person kidnaps a woman, a beautiful woman, in the middle of broad daylight? With us is Wendy Walsh, who is a psychologist and psychiatrist who can shed some light on this. Wendy, help us get inside the head of this person. He obviously wasn`t worried about being found. It`s a very remote area. He clearly, according to investigators, knows the terrain. And he obviously had in mind this particular young woman. It is not a random abduction.
WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOLOGIST: No. In fact, Deborah, it`s been suggested that he actually might have followed her patterns, knew her schedule, knew when she`d be leaving for school, knew when she`d be coming back. And for some of these criminal minds who are on such a power trip, the hunt is, in fact, as exciting as the capture and the victimization.
NORVILLE: Do you think he`s watching shows like this right now?
WALSH: Who knows where he is. If he`s still in the woods, he probably doesn`t have a television. But certainly, there is a narcissistic piece to some of these criminals, that they love to see their handiwork talked about on the news.
I do think, though, that the important thing for people to know is there is a psychology that happens between victim and perpetrator in the first minutes, when a crime is about to be completed. And when I hear that she walked with him into the woods, it tells me she already transferred her power. In other words, as soon as you change locations, you have now given the power to the criminal. You`ve got stay in one place and fight and make him wonder if he can overtake you.
NORVILLE: And does that mean that she is acquiescing out of fear, or acquiescing because she`s trying to work this to her advantage by cooperating?
WALSH: That`s the thought. And that`s what -- the big mistake victims make is they try to think, I`ll psych him out, I`ll be nice, I`ll cooperate. But what they`re doing every time is making him more psychologically powerful and giving him their power.
NORVILLE: We will have more on the search for Holly Bobo in a few moments.
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DANA BOBO, FATHER OF MISSING NURSING STUDENT, HOLLY BOBO: Our daughter was taken from us, from my house.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Her brother told police he saw a man leading his sister into the woods.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: A white man in camouflage anywhere from 5`10" to six feet tall.
JOHN MEHR, OFFICIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: We felt she knew she was in fear of her life. So she was compliant with his commands.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Investigators found blood in the family`s driveway.
MARK GWYN, DIRECTOR, TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS: We`re still analyzing that at the TBI crime lab. And hopefully soon we will know exactly whose blood that was.
WHITNEY DUNCAN, COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, HOLLY BOBO`S COUSIN: I mean the whole family is just torn to pieces right now.
KAREN BOBO, MOTHER OF MISSING NURSING STUDENT, HOLLY BOBO: She`s just so precious. You just don`t even know.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: This family obviously wants answer, they want the little girl back.
DUNCAN: Her family right now is trying to be strong, you know. It doesn`t seem real. You know, that`s the last phone call you ever expect to get, you know. And it`s a close family so we`re just trying to hold it together.
We just want her back, no matter, if you know -- if anybody knows anything, that they might not even feel be important but if it is, anything, any details, anything weird that they`ve seen they`ll just come forward with all that, and I hope they come forward with any information that could lead to getting her back.
We need to go search.
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DEBORAH NORVILLE, GUEST HOST: That was country music star Whitney Duncan on ABC`s "Good Morning America" in an emotion plea for the safe return of her cousin Holly Bobo.
The phones have been lighting up like Christmas trees. With us on the line from North Carolina is Pam.
Hi, Pam, what`s your question?
PAM, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA: Hi. I was wondering is it possible that she left on her own? I mean that this -- you know, I mean I`m not saying it was, but that it might have been staged, she took her lunch box, was the lunch box empty? Did she take it with her because she knew they would be out and they would, you know, need to head out for a while, need to have food? You know just the possibility?
Tammy Ramey, you want to answer that question? Is this the kind of thing that Holly would ever do? To stage her own abduction? To get away from home? Get away from town?
TAMMY RAMEY, FRIEND OF MISSING HOLLY BOBO`S FAMILY, HELPED SEARCHED FOR MISSING NURSE CO-ED: Never in a million years. No. No.
NORVILLE: And what about some of our experts?
So, Marc Harrold, is that the sort of thing that would possibly happen based on what we know about this young lady?
MARC HARROLD, FORMER OFFICER, ATLANTA PD, ATTORNEY, AUTHOR OF "OBSERVATIONS OF WHITE NOISE": Anything is possible. It could have been a situation where she was compliant and something went wrong. But there`s absolutely no indication.
All information about her has been very consistent. There`s no indication that she would do this. There`s also no indication that she would put her family through this. That seems -- anything is possible. That seems very unlikely from what we`re hearing about the victim.
NORVILLE: One of the things that law enforcement have been doing is looking at everyone in the area. They`re asking people if you`ve seen anything unusual, please speak about it.
Kelly Saindon is an attorney, a former prosecutor.
Kelly, what is the sort of thing they`re going to be looking at in term of the kinds of people in the area? Sex offenders, people with criminal records, people who can`t account for their whereabouts the morning that Holly disappeared.
What are they going to be honing it on?
KELLY SAINDON, FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY: You`re exactly right. They`re going to look for sex offenders, they`re going to look on predators. They`re going to look for people that have had recidivism, where they go back and they assault individuals.
Anyone in the community that is now missing from their job, that`s called in from work, that isn`t acting properly, that`s deviated from routine, that`s cleaning their car. Anything that will raise suspicion that they`re trying to cover their tracks or that they are out of their routine.
They`re going to be looking at these people because it`s such a small community. It doesn`t seem like sex offenders are often there. Nobody has talked about that yet but it`s something that they`re going to be looking into for sure.
NORVILLE: Well, we actually just had a graphic and maybe we can put it back up of the known sex offenders -- the registered sex offenders within a six-mile area of the Bobo home. There are 251 within a wider area but a much smaller number within a six-mile area, only 14.
Is that significant, Wendy Walsh?
WENDY WALSH, PH.D., PSYCHOLOGIST, EXPERT ON MOMLOGIC.COM: I mean I can walk six miles in a day and if there are 14 men who have been caught, I`d like to say whenever I talk about the amount of sex offenders in a neighborhood you have to remember those are the ones who`ve been caught. That that`s a big ratio in a six-mile radius, don`t you think?
NORVILLE: Well, it strikes me in a very sparsely populated area, the population is only 2500. That strikes me as an awful lot of people but there`s not necessarily a connection between their presence and a crime, is there, Alex Sanchez?
ALEX SANCHEZ, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: No. And you can be certain that the police are tracking down every one of those sex offenders. They know where they live. They have to be registered with the local police department. They have to report to the local police department.
And the first group of people that police are going to investigate are those sex offenders. So they went out there and they determined where those people were and whether or not there`s any questions about their background.
NORVILLE: And, Joe Gomez, what can you tell us about the investigation in terms of looking at persons of suspicion? Is there anyone who has been named as a person of interest in this case?
JOE GOMEZ, REPORTER, KTRH RADIO: Well, not yet, Deborah. But police aren`t ruling out anybody. Initially they had -- they did say that they were ruling out the -- the brother and also the boyfriend, but now investigators say everybody is open.
Everybody is open to suspicion. They have not -- you know, placed anybody outside of the box yet. I mean the fact is, you know, anybody could have taken Holly into the woods. We don`t know who it was. This man was in camouflage. He knew exactly what he was doing.
He must have known where he was going. I mean this is a very densely wooded area, very rough terrain and the fact that we have not found any traces of her outside of a lunchbox and some blood in a carport.
Very, very concerning news, Deborah. She could be in a very dangerous situation right now.
NORVILLE: Michael Gast, how much could be -- should be read in to the fact that there has been virtually no trace of this young woman or her abductor? No suspicious tire tracks, no evidence of clothing caught on branches because there are a lot of rambles and briars in there.
How significant is that?
MICHAEL GAST, FOUNDER, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF POLICE DIVING: Well, something that`s well-planned it looked like. Whether it`s the perpetrator that`s planned it well or something that`s been done in tandem with the victim, but obviously they marked their tracks well.
NORVILLE: Karen from Delaware, you`re with us on the line. What`s your question?
KAREN, CALLER DELAWARE: Yes. I was just wondering is it a possibility that it was actually not Holly that they were after but maybe Whitney Duncan? Somebody trying to get back at her for something for a stalker or somebody that she scorned, a fan, something of that nature?
NORVILLE: Does that make sense, Marc Harrold? If this is so well- planned surely they would know which house to visit?
HARROLD: Yes. I mean somebody who was in to get Whitney would probably know her whereabouts. This looks like something where the schedule was really studied. He had a good idea of where she`d be and all that.
Again, absolutely anything is possible. You know anything could have happened. That could have been the motive. Who knows? But it doesn`t look like it. It looks like this was a planned crime the way it was executed and the fact that really nothing has turned up. This was a very planned crime. And she was intended victim. This doesn`t look random at all.
NORVILLE: And Wendy Walsh, if this was a planned crime, and all indications are that it was, would there not have been signs on the part of the perpetrator leading up to this?
WALSH: Certainly. I mean if this perpetrator lived with family and with the community he certainly could have left clues that he was planning.
NORVILLE: Like what?
WALSH: Well, he certainly could have been even gathering things like the duct tape or the weapons or changing tires on his car all of a sudden the day before to make the treads different. There are all kinds of changes in behavior that people do when they`re planning things.
We must hold out hope, though, Deborah. This has been one week and although statistical probability that she`s not alive is huge here, we can`t forget cases like Jaycee Dugard or Elizabeth Smart who were kept as - - you know, as sex toys for these men. So we have to hold out hope for this family and our prayers are with them.
NORVILLE: And Marc Harrold, what is the likelihood? As time goes by it is not anyone`s friend in a case like this. What is the likelihood that she could still be alive?
HARROLD: Well, the statistics just like was mentioned the longer time passes if it`s not again about money, there`s ransom, there`s no indication that it`s part of a -- it`s a bigger crime. It`s just focused on the victim.
As time passes, you know, that statistically it`s less and less likely that the person is alive. But you have to keep up hope. That`s all they have to go on right now. And I know that they`re going to keep going. And I agree, your hearts go out to this family. This is a real tragedy.
NORVILLE: Wendy Walsh, it was mentioned the Elizabeth Smart case, the Jaycee Dugard case. There was another case of a girl who was kidnapped in plain site, kidnapped in North Carolina, and kept in an underground bunker for 10 days before her cell phone was able to work enough that she could sent out a signal for help.
Is something like that possible in sort of a mountain man case like the Elizabeth Shoaf case?
WALSH: Of course it`s completely possible that someone doesn`t want to rape and kill her, but wants to keep her as her private little sex slave. So we have to hold out hope for that reason that she could be kidnapped, that she could be in fear for her life constantly and that`s one way to control. I mean there`s -- you don`t have to control with weapons. You can control emotionally very easily by using fear. So that`s a big possibility, Deborah.
NORVILLE: All right. We`ll continue exploring this mystery coming up in just a few moments. But first we want to pause and make a special tribute to a fallen American hero.
He`s Marine Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers. At the age of 28 he lost his life on April 7th serving our country in Afghanistan. And on Saturday thousands of people lined the streets of Brandon, Mississippi, to pay their respects to their hometown hero.
Rogers served for eight years including five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was highly decorated, loved the outdoor, loved playing basketball and even had a secret dream of one day playing in the NBA.
His friends say they remember him for his smile and his compassion, and say he`d give you the shirt off his back.
He leaves behind his parents Jennifer and Tracy, brothers Brad, Michael and Jordan. And his sisters Leigh and Michelle.
Marine Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers, a true American hero.
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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: This is Holly Bobo.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: She mysteriously disappeared.
K. BOBO: Please, please help me find her.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: This 20-year-old nursing student was kidnapped right out of her home. Investigators found blood.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Her brother who says he saw a large man wearing camouflage lead her into the woods outside of her home.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Officers collected Holly`s lunchbox from a nearby creek bed.
D. BOBO: Things like this just didn`t happen here. Bring home our daughter.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The person that`s responsible for Holly Bobo`s disappearance lives in this area.
D. BOBO: It might have been somebody close.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right here in the community.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: They have not named a suspect, though, in the kidnapping.
K. BOBO: Holly, I love you so much. Please, please honey, come home to us.
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NORVILLE: Emotional moments from the last six days as the search continues for 20-year-old Holly Bobo.
Hi, everybody. I`m Deborah Norville from "Inside Edition" sitting in tonight for Nancy Grace.
We`ve heard a lot about the evidence that has been found. What has not yet been found?
Alexis Tereszcuk from RadarOnline. What about things like her cell phone? Her computer? What do we know about those kinds of devices that might have some information that could be helpful?
ALEXIS TERESZCUK, REPORTER, RADAROLINE.COM: Her cell phone is missing. Her purse is missing. There were reports that they were found but they`ve not been found. They`ve taken everything out of the house. So maybe there`s something on her computer that could give the authorities some clues about who did this.
But they haven`t found anything except this lunchbox of hers and the duct tape which again they haven`t said if it was definitely part of Holly`s evidence. But it`s really distressing that there`s nothing to go on. She just disappears in the woods right by her house. And the last person to see her is her brother.
And you know, Whitney, the cousin, the country music singer, she said adamantly the brother has been cleared. And authorities are saying that there is not -- no one has ruled, but she has been really very vocal about the fact that the brother absolutely is not a suspect.
NORVILLE: Yes, she has, Alexis. And in fact, as I mentioned, we spoke with one of the Bobo cousins today and she told us that the day of the disappearance Clint, the brother, took a polygraph test and according to this cousin she says that he passed the polygraph.
So -- but as you say the police have said no one is ruled out. And they have however named no person of interest.
I want to talk about how one stays safe. If, for instance, this guy had been stalking her, Wendy Walsh, would there not be something on her Facebook page, maybe a phone call, a text message indicating this guy was - - had her in her -- in his sights?
WALSH: You know, we are in the digital age and this is a time where there is an electronic footprint following everyone around. So I would tell police that that`s the first place they`re going to dig deep into and not just in the last few days. In the last few weeks and months. Look at every comment poster on her Facebook page.
Look at if she is a Twitter user, use her -- look at her Twitter page. See who is there, what their comments are. And look at comments from relatives, strangers or online friends as I call them. People who blame the world, the outside world, and not themselves for issues and problems that are coming up in the world. So definitely tech could help.
NORVILLE: According to the FBI seven women are kidnapped every day in this country.
Michael Gast, what are some of the things that women can do to protect themselves? Because I have no doubt at some point in the past Holly Bobo and her family watched a similar interview about a similar young woman who`d gone missing and probably thought goodness, that could never happen to us in Tennessee and it has.
What can women do to protect themselves?
GAST: They need to always stay alert. They need to always be vigilante. They need to always be aware that they can become a victim very, very fast. And because of that they need to be slow at opening a door, slow at figuring out who is on the phone, giving information or even getting online.
NORVILLE: Marc Harrold, what would you add to that?
HARROLD: Well, I think in this case the one thing you have the technology. People have their virtual identity. And a lot of people will communicate with somebody that they wouldn`t in person. They wouldn`t spend time with them, they may not talk on the phone, but they may communicate through one of the social sites, one of the social media sites.
I think in this case you want to look at anybody that made her feel uncomfortable. Either there`s some indication online. Talk to her friends. A lot of times if there`s someone who has shown interest and either feels spurned or she someone that she just had no interests in, who kept coming around, just running into her, seem to unusually encounter her, she may have mention this to friends.
It`s one of those situations where you just ask the friends if anyone was bothering her they say no. But if you ask more pointed questions they may come up with something because a lot of times when a female who becomes a victim felt uncomfortable at some point she conveyed that to a friend along the way.
NORVILLE: Jenny is with us from Tennessee.
Jenny, I don`t know how far you live from where all this is happening. But we`re glad you`re with us tonight. What`s your question?
JENNY, CALLER FROM TENNESSEE: Our question is basically three questions in one. The first is, whenever the brother finally ended up seeing the blood on the carport, do we know if he ran after his sister and the perpetrator into the woods? That`s the first one. And then secondly, has the family said how well Holly actually is familiar with the woods behind her home? So that maybe she can get to a nearby road?
NORVILLE: Tammy Ramey, I`ll ask you about how well Holly would have known the woods out there?
RAMEY: I can`t really answer that. That is a very, very densely wooded area, lots of briars. She wouldn`t have been the type to just taken off to take a walk through the woods. We just don`t do that around here.
NORVILLE: And the first part of your question, Joe. I`m going to let you handle that.
GOMEZ: What was the question again?
NORVILLE: Jenny, can you repeat the question, please? OK. Well, we`ve lost Jenny so we`re going to move on. But talking about this idea of feeling alarmed. Does it help or hurt the investigation that Holly happens to have an up and coming country star as a cousin? Is that a good thing, would you say, Joe -- sorry, Wendy Walsh?
Yes. Yes. Wendy Walsh?
WALSH: Well, you never know about narcissistic personalities. If this potential perpetrator couldn`t get close to a star why not take the next best thing, the star`s cousin, right? So sometimes there are these kinds of delusions in the mind. The thing that I`m most concerned about is if she`s alive, if she`s in his care, if she has the psychological strength to play the game that she`s got to play now which is earn his trust, and then also not go collude to the point where she becomes part of the Stockholm syndrome where you collude with your perpetrator so much you start committing crimes with them.
NORVILLE: And let me ask --
WALSH: And you lose yourself.
NORVILLE: Let me ask Dr. Dhar about that. If she`s out there, she`s been out in the elements for six days, in whatever kind of shelter or a hiding place he`s found because it doesn`t appear they`ve left the woods, as best we know.
Would a healthy young 20-year-old be able to stand up to that? It`s been raining. It gets cold there at night.
DR. PANCHALI DHAR, M.D., INTERNAL MEDICINE, AUTHOR OF "BEFORE THE SCALPEL": Yes, my fear is hypothermia as her body temperature drops at night. She`s only wearing a pink shirt. So if her body temperature which is normally about 98 goes to 95, that`s going to create problems for her.
But she can survive without food. She`s healthy, but water, she needs to have access to. Otherwise she gets dehydrated, she`s going to become delirious and pass out.
NORVILLE: The fears continue. And our concern grows for Holly Bobo. And our discussion will continue right after this time-out.
NORVILLE: An $80,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the safe return of 20-year-old Holly Bobo.
Joe Gomez, a reporter who`s closely following this case. What`s next in the search? What happens tomorrow?
GOMEZ: In the search, well, you know, tomorrow, what`s going to happen is that investigators are going to continue their desperate search for this beautiful 20-year-old nursing student, Deborah.
They`ve been searching her for the past week. And every day that she`s missing, every day that she`s gone, this search gets more desperate and her life hangs in the balance, Deborah.
NORVILLE: Well, as upset as you are, no doubt her family is even more upset.
Tammy Ramey, are you going to be out there searching?
RAMEY: Yes, ma`am, I will.
NORVILLE: And Michael --
RAMEY: The whole community will. And we will not give up until we find her.
NORVILLE: And Michael Gast --
RAMEY: This is one of our own. And you don`t take one of our own from us.
NORVILLE: And Michael Gast, how do they narrow the search?
GAST: Well, you work from a known to an unknown. And that allows you to be able to narrow down the area by expanding actually, because you`re losing places you need to search in the future.
NORVILLE: And Wendy Walsh, what do you think is going through the mind of 20-year-old Holly right now?
WALSH: If 20-year-old Holly is still alive, hopefully she`s able to earn his trust so that she can make her escape at the first opportunity.
NORVILLE: All right. It is a very, very tense time, indeed, for the people of middle Tennessee where Holly has now been missing. As of tomorrow morning it will be one week.
And as of today, 5,983 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. And tonight we`re going to remember one of them.
Marine Sergeant Adam Cann. Twenty-three years old, Adam was from Davie, Florida. He was killed in Iraq. This was his third tour of duty.
Adam also served in Afghanistan and served admirably. Today he`s buried at Arlington National Cemetery. For his valor and for his heroism he has been awarded the Bronze Star and he earned the Purple Heart.
And out in the field he worked alongside his bomb sniffing German shepherd, a dog named Bruno. In his honor, there are a number of buildings that have been named including the Florida Department of Transportation, as well as the Marine canine facility in Iraq and in California.
Adam leaves behind his parents, Lee and Carol. He leaves behind his brothers, Lee Jr. and Justin who also served in the Marines.
Adam Cann, an American hero.
Our thanks to all of our guests for being with us tonight. The search will continue tomorrow bright and early in middle Tennessee for 20-year-old Holly Bobo.
I thank our guests for being with us and mostly I thank you for being with us and for your participation. And I hope you`ll be with us again tomorrow night. I`ll be back sitting in for Nancy 8:00 Eastern Time.
And also check out and find "Inside Edition." I`ll see you there as well. Until that time, thank you so much for being with us, and good night, everybody.