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.
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.
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.
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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