Arrest in Case of Student Seen Dragged Into Woods

Stranger charged with Holly Bobo's murder

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2014 2:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Nearly three years after a man in camouflage was seen dragging nursing student Holly Bobo into the woods near her home, police have made an arrest. Zachary Adams, a 29-year-old man who lives around 15 miles from Bobo's West Tennessee home, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder. Authorities wouldn't comment on whether they have recovered the 20-year-old's remains, but they say they believe "she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping," the AP reports.

Hundreds of volunteers scoured the countryside without success after Bobo was kidnapped from her home in Parsons, around 100 miles northeast of Memphis. Friends of the family say the suspect, who was already in jail on an unrelated assault charges, wasn't known to Bobo, though he is well-known in the area. "It's somebody that everybody in the county knows, they know his family, they know him," a local resident tells the Tennessean. Prosecutors say they will consider seeking the death penalty.

This photo released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Zachary Adams.
This photo released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Zachary Adams.   (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Holly Bobo is shown 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.   (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
A poster with pictures of missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo hangs on a fence in front of her house in Parsons, Tenn.
A poster with pictures of missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo hangs on a fence in front of her house in Parsons, Tenn.   (AP Photos/Adrian Sainz, File)
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