DARDEN, TN (abc24.com) — Eight months since Holly Bobo went missing, investigators are still looking for clues that will solve the case. TBI does not consider this to be a “cold case.” Holly’s mother, Karen Bobo, spoke exclusively to abc24 news and says the family will not give up. Everyday they're passing out flyers and traveling from town to town trying to get the word out. She believes the only way her daughter will ever return home is to keep her story alive.
"Everyday it gets harder because it's been over 8 months," Karen Bobo told abc24 news.
Despite that, Karen Bobo still holds out hope of seeing her daughter Holly again. She even quit her teaching job to devote all her time to the search.
"I'm not giving up. I would never give up on her,” she said. “There are many days I feel like I'm not doing things but I do what I can."
Everyday she calls the TBI looking for any answers, any clues into her daughter's disappearance.
"They still just say we're working, we're still working and I know a lot of them have given up their vacation days to help," Karen Bobo said.
Holly was last seen outside her home in Darden, the morning of April 13th. Investigators say her brother, Clint, and a neighbor called 911 after they heard her screams. Deputies found blood by the family's carport; it was later confirmed to be Holly's. At one point, investigators considered her brother and boyfriend possible suspects, but both have since been cleared.
Thousands of leads have come from across the country but all have led to dead ends. The family's been told, the odds of finding Holly alive are slim.
"They'll talk about statistics but I stay away from that,” said Karen. "We can't go back in time. If we can go back obviously everything would've been different."
In October, the family missed celebrating Holly's 21st birthday - now it’s Christmas.
"Holly always puts up the tree and decorates it,” Holly’s mom said. “We love her and we miss her. It's just not right without her.”
For now, the family is simply relying on faith to get them through.
"At this point I just tell them to pray for Holly. We're still asking people for any leads, anything that someone all of a sudden might think of that they never thought up before, please come forward,” Karen said.
The family's church, Corinth Baptist Church, will have a special prayer for Holly Bobo Christmas morning. There is still a reward of $85,000 for information leading to her whereabouts.