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
Arrest Made in 2011 Tennessee Kidnapping
This photo released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Zachary Adams.    (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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. (More Holly Bobo stories.)

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