Hickman Co. Case Connected To Holly Bobo? 4-21-2011 - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hickman Co. Case Connected To Holly Bobo? 4-21-2011


The search for a 20-year-old Decatur County woman is leading authorities to the Tennessee River on Thursday.

While crews look for any signs of her in the water, a possible clue may also be 50 miles away in Hickman County. Investigators are now looking into whether an attempted abduction in Centerville is connected to Holly Bobo, who has been missing for more than a week.

Heather Sullivan said in the early-morning hours, three months ago, a tall, skinny man in a gray hooded jacket grabbed her arm as she stepped out of her home. However, the glass top of a lamp she was holding fell and shattered. It startled her boyfriend, who was inside the house, and the man then ran away.

"I was scared. I was numb. I couldn't move. I couldn't say anything or do anything," said Sullivan.

She called police, who searched the woods and found no one. Sullivan said she hasn't seen the man since.

She said she believes the man was trying to abduct her. Sullivan said when she heard about Bobo, her first thought was that it could be the same person.

"We'll look at all possibilities. We're not going to have tunnel vision to anything or anybody. We'll look at all possibilities and all persons," said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators said they don't believe Bobo and her kidnapper have crossed state lines, which has search parties coming back daily, scouring the woods of Decatur County.

Sullivan is scared now and said there are caves and trails behind her rural home. She said she's like to see those areas searched as well.

Volunteers were asked to take a break Thursday so that investigators could search the Tennessee River and some hard-to-reach places.

"Any time you have a river adjoining a county, if you have a missing person, of course, that's a place of interest," said Lt. Brad Willbanks, a state trooper.

Surrounding Bobo's home are several bodies of water.

"This is a river county, which means there's a lot of lakes, ponds, streams, and we've identified all those in that area," said Willbanks.

Investigators said they gathered all agencies together to determine where they have and haven't covered. They now have a specific plan for volunteers, including a list of items they are looking for.

Investigators said they're hoping for a huge turnout Friday and are asking people not to leave items behind because it can throw off the trail.