The brother of Holly Bobo, the 20-year-old nursing student who was abducted and killed in 2011, spoke in an interview with ABC News about his later terror of seeing his sister abducted and how police initially named him a suspect in her disappearance.
“It was really hard knowing that if they’re looking in the wrong direction… it’s just that feeling of, ‘What if we never know? What if we … never find Holly?’” Clint Bobo told "20/20." “I was just like, 'What if this is never solved?' I think that’s been my worst nightmare in this.”
Holly was abducted from the Bobo’s Tennessee home on April 13. That morning, Clint, then 25, got a call from his mother saying that a neighbor had heard a scream coming from their house. She asked him to check on Holly.
Clint looked out the window and saw a man dressed in camouflage walking with his sister into the woods. He assumed the man was his sister’s boyfriend, Drew.
“I knew it was Holly,” Clint Bobo said. “I never saw my sister’s face, and I also never saw his face… I expected Drew to be dressed in camouflage because Drew and I had talked the night before and he told me he was going turkey hunting that morning.”
Holly “wasn’t stumbling” and was “walking on her own” toward the woods, Clint said. The man held a black object, which Clint believed to be a hunting tool called a deer grunt.
“She didn’t appear to be hurt,” he said. “I was still very confused… It still didn't enter my mind that Holly was being abducted.”
But Clint’s mother, Karen, knew that Drew had gone hunting earlier that day.
“I said, ‘That’s not Drew. Get a gun and shoot him,’ and Clint said, ‘You want me to shoot Drew?’” Karen Bobo said. “And I think that’s when I hung up and called 911.”
When police arrived at the scene, they asked Clint to remove his shirt to check for scratches that might indicate he had gone into the woods with her.
“I was just shocked that [law enforcement] are looking at me,” Clint Bobo said. “To me, it’s common sense if I’m here, and Holly’s somewhere else, then obviously… I have nothing to do with it.”
Authorities said that he kept changing his story, but Clint said he was just trying to remember additional details.
“I tried to do everything that they asked, really, plus more,” he continued. “I tried to be as helpful as I could. I know that it is viewed as, probably to a lot of people, as changing my story. But I don't view it that way. I view that as me being compliant with law enforcement.”
In 2014, a new answer emerged when police arrested brothers Zach and Dylan Adams, as well as cousins Shayne Austin and Jason Autry, for the abduction. Dylan Adams, in police custody on unrelated weapons charges, allegedly confessed to police that the four men were involved in the disappearance.
A few months later, Holly Bobo’s partial remains were found in the woods. Her skull had an apparent bullet hole in it.
Shayne Austin committed what appeared to be a suicide after his arrest. Zach Adams was found guilty of murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated rape earlier this month. Autry and Dylan Adams are now facing the same charges.
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