CORDOVA, TN (abc24.com) - A Cordova man is hoping a six figure pay day will lead to an arrest in the abduction of Holly Bobo. This spring will mark two years since the West Tennessee nursing student disappeared.
Thurstle Mullen drives a beat up blue pickup, lives in a modest home in the suburbs of Memphis and has a stable, steady but moderate income. Mullen says, "If I was a secret billionaire the reward would be worth a lot more than that, a lot more."
Mullen says he is offering what he can afford. $100,000 to Holly Bobo's abductor if he turns himself in. "There's still the urgency that she could still be alive," Mullen says, "I can't even imagine what her parents are going through."
According to a witness, a man took Bobo from outside her Decatur County home in April 2011. Since then, friends, family and strangers have been hanging posters and searching the woods across Tennessee. "I think she's touched everybody." Mullen says, "You mention that name and it's like Natalie Holloway, only she hasn't received the publicity."
Kristhe Pakala remembers when Bobo was taken. She had no idea her neighbor, Mullen, was stepping in to help. "I've always believed in heaven angels and walking earth angels, this is an example of one," Pakala says.
"I want to do something that's really different," Mullen explains, "I want to make a difference in somebody's life other than mine."
Mullen has only met Bobo's parents once, but he believes his incentive could help bring them the peace they've been searching for. "You don't have to be rich to be philanthropic, this is my way of proving that." Mullen offers a challenge, "I would like other people to give it serious consideration, that this is a new, unique out-of-the-box way of solving crimes."
Mullen says the first $25,000 will be paid up front to the kidnapper, the remaining $75,000 will be paid in monthly installments throughout his sentence.