MCHS assists with Bobo search
By John Philleo
The McNairy County Sheriff’s Department sent four investigators to Decatur County last week to assist in the search for Holly Bobo.
Bobo was abducted earlier this month, and despite an extensive effort to find her, she had not yet been located as of press time.
Investigators Brad Johnson, Robert Hitchborn, James Frazier and Sgt. Steve Ellsworth participated in the search last Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We were just there to assist with the basic legwork stuff,” Johnson said. “If we found anything suspicious, we would turn it over to the TBI.”
The team helped with neighborhood canvasses and roadblock canvasses, in which they looked for anything suspicious and sought information that might prove helpful, through interviewing those with whom they came in contact.
They also helped search a dense wooded area for signs of the missing woman.
“The area we searched was along the banks of a creek that was about 20 feet wide with a swift current,” said Hitchborn. “So it would be pretty hard to find somebody weighted down in there.”
Unfortunately, the team did not find anything significant to aid in Bobo’s recovery during their efforts.
“We’re disappointed in the lack of finding any evidence because, like everybody there, we were hoping to find her alive,” Hitchborn said. “I was impressed with the amount of volunteers out there and the amount of support.”
Johnson said that although they came up empty handed, he was glad the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department participated in the effort to find the missing woman, whose disappearance has garnered national attention.
The investigators still hold out hope that she will be found alive and well.