Man Describes Emotional Moment He Found Slain Nursing Student Holly Bobo's Skull: 'I Started Bawling'

“’I think I know who this could be.’ I said, ‘I think its Holly.’”

By Benjamin H. Smith

Jurors have been subjected to alternately heart-wrenching and shocking testimony during the first week in the death penalty trial of Zach Adams, accused kidnapper, rapist and killer of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo.

On Wednesday, they heard emotional testimony from Larry Stone, who found a portion of Bobo’s skull in 2014. “I started bawling, ‘Please tell me it’s not real,’ he said in court, as quoted by Yahoo News. “’I think I know who this could be.’ I said, ‘I think its Holly.’”

Bobo went missing from her parents’ backyard on the morning of April 13, 2011. Her brother Clint witnessed her abduction but initially thought the man with her was her boyfriend. Despite a massive search effort, her remains went undiscovered until Stone found them while searching for Ginseng root in the woods near Darden, Tennessee, halfway between Memphis and Nashville.  

At first Stone thought what he found was an upside-down bucket before examining it more closely and realizing it was a skull.  Subsequent witnesses described finding belongings in nearby woods, including Bobo’s panties, cellphone and lunchbox, according to Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV.

On Thursday, 43-year-old defendant Jason Autry testified that Adams had bragged to him about kidnapping Bobo and raping her along with his brother John “Dylan” Adams and Shayne Austin, according to Fox News. Autry said he went to Adams’ home to buy drugs and saw Bobo’s body in the back of a truck. Bobo was assumed dead, but when Autry saw her move her foot, he said to Adams,  "This f---ing b-tch is still alive.” Autry said he later saw Adams shoot Bobo in the head and helped him dispose of the body.

WSMV reported today that in court Friday, convicted rapist Vincent Dinsmore testified that two days after Bobo disappeared, he traded the Adams brothers 12 morphine pills in exchange for a gun. The gun is allegedly the weapon Adams used to kill Bobo. As a former convict, Dinsmore isn’t allowed to have a gun, and said he gave the weapon to his wife to hide. He explained, "Because I was worried it had a body on it, meaning I was worried it had been used to kill somebody." 

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