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Search launched for woman abducted from Tenn. home

Dan Bobo comforted his wife, Karen, as they spoke yesterday about their missing daughter, Holly. The search area was widened for the 20-year-old nursing student, last seen Wednesday. Dan Bobo comforted his wife, Karen, as they spoke yesterday about their missing daughter, Holly. The search area was widened for the 20-year-old nursing student, last seen Wednesday. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 15, 2011

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PARSONS, Tenn. — Hundreds of searchers combed woods and fields in western Tennessee yesterday looking for a nursing student who was seen being dragged from the carport of her home by a man wearing camouflage clothing.

Authorities said the 911 center received two phone calls when Holly Bobo, 20, was abducted Wednesday morning. One was from her 25-year-old brother, who was in the home, and the other was from a woman police did not identify.

The search area was widened yesterday and covers rugged terrain with trees and brush so thick that at least one search dog had to be carried by its handler on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Authorities also were using a helicopter.

Law enforcement officers were being helped by people who turned out because they are concerned about Bobo’s fate.

Bobo was taken from a one-story, ranch-style house, faced in brown brick. Houses in the area are not close together, and some are on parcels large enough for the owners to keep livestock.

Investigators say the brother is helping with the investigation, and they are looking into the possibility that someone may have checked out Bobo’s home before the abduction. Police are asking neighbors to report any unusual people or cars in the area.

Bobo is a cousin of country singer Whitney Duncan, who tweeted yesterday: “I feel like I’m walking in a nightmare.’’

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