Holly Bobo has been missing for nearly two months now after she was allegedly led from her home in Darden, Tennessee by a man in camouflage. As of today the TBI still haven't cracked the case and it doesn't look like they will any time soon. Although John Mehr claims they are "just one clue away," from solving it; it's more than obvious that these people just don't know what is going on.
It's been revealed that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) believe that people in the area know something about the case that they are intentionally not sharing with investigators. Well does that come as a surprise at all?
Small towns are tightly knit. Bottom line.
Just how tightly knit are small towns like Darden and Parsons? Well, if the standoff-ish demeanor of the locals, police and even the family of Holly Bobo is any indication, it speaks volumes of just how tight-lipped some communities remain to protect one another or otherwise sweep their problems under the proverbial rug.
Remember, Holly Bobo is the victim here, and no matter how distraught some people may appear to be it doesn't change the fact that Holly is the one who was allegedly kidnapped. She is the one who is missing. She is the one who experienced something that these locals and her family members did not.
So the kid gloves are coming off for Holly. It's obvious that people aren't talking. In fact, it's laughable that the TBI would even say this. It's almost as if they're blaming the lack of information from locals on their shoddy investigation tactics. There is less than 3,000 people in the town of Parsons and less than 1,500 in the town of Darden. How hard could it possibly be to get information?
Well, take into consideration that this assailant, or assailants as the TBI now believe more than one person is involved, is being protected by their families. Mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings in small towns are protective of their own. Naturally someone doesn't want a loved one facing prison time for some dumb mistake like kidnapping a pretty, young nursing student.
It's also probably safe to say that if the youth of that region may be a little tight-lipped about the disappearance of Holly Bobo. Hell, doing a Google search of "fight clubs" in Tennessee will show you that there are some pretty brutal past-time activities in the high schools of this southern state. If teenagers, children, are partaking in these kind of activities, would they be apt to talk if one of their classmates comes up missing? It's also notable to mention that the parents of Holly Bobo have yet to speak to anyone in the media, nor has her brother, Clint, who claims to be the last person to see her before she went missing. Why?
So maybe the TBI is correct when they assume that people aren't saying what they know.
However, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation doesn't necessarily smell like a white mushroom. In fact, just a couple of months before Holly Bobo went missing, the TBI was accused of public corruption and failure to respond to a shooting incident. How convenient. If you click this link you may or may not be surprised to find that Kristin Helm was one of the agents contacted during this incident. Kristin Helm is also on the Holly Bobo case. That's not all, and there is far more than can be fit in one story.
Chelsea Hoffman is the author "Chloe and Louis," and two other novels. She resides in Las Vegas where she works as a freelance writer covering true crime stories and a myriad of other assorted works. You can follow her on Twitter or follow her blog Beauty Made Fresh!