Holly Bobo's Kidnapper May Have Struck Before

Nearby woman reports similar attack in Jan.

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 21, 2011 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – A potential new lead in the kidnapping of Holly Bobo: MSNBC reports that Heather Sullivan, who lives about 45 minutes from where Bobo was abducted, found herself nearly kidnapped in January. A "tall, skinny man" accosted her outside her home around 5:30am, grabbing her arm. But she dropped a lamp and her boyfriend, hearing the crash, came out of the house and scared the man away.

Bobo was dragged off by a man dressed in camouflage clothing on April 13 around 7:30am, and Sullivan thinks the two events could be related: "When I heard about it, that's what I thought," she says. Click for more, including a video report.

In this April 15, 2011 photo, a sign in Parsons, Tenn., conveys the community's concern for Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student who went missing Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
In this undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Holly Bobo is shown.   (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
In this undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Holly Bobo is shown.   (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
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