Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants Friday in the disappearance of Holly Bobo after receiving what they called credible information in the case.
At 7 a.m., agents began searching property off Adams Lane in Holladay, Tennessee, a mere 15 miles from Bobo's home outside Parsons in Decatur County, about 100 miles west of Nashville.
One of the two homes on the property belongs to Zach Adams, although the 29-year-old has not been named a suspect in the case.
"To say we have a suspect in this case would be premature," TBI Executive Officer Illana Tate said in a release Friday morning.
News 2 has learned Adams was arrested Wednesday on drug charges at his girlfriend's home in Benton County, and according to WBBJ-TV, he was also arrested Friday on an aggravated assault charge.
He is currently being held in the Chester County jail where he was moved Saturday. The reason for the move was not immediately clear.
TBI agents Friday blocked off the entrance to his property, brought cadaver dogs to the scene, and brought two vehicles on tow trucks to the residence.
One of the vehicles belongs to Adams, but it is unclear how either vehicle relates to the case.
On Saturday, investigators began searching an abandoned home across the street from the Adams Lane property.
Agents used cadaver dogs to search the area around the home and dug through dirt.
Officials with the Henderson County Emergency Management Agency arrived with a dive team to search as well.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn told News 2 he expects the investigation to continue for several days. He said investigators are conducting several interviews in Decatur and surrounding counties.
"Hopefully we will be able to return Holly home safely to her parents. That's our goal," Gwyn added.
Bobo disappeared from her home in Darden, outside Parsons, on April 13, 2011. No one has seen or heard from her since.
Friday's new developments came a day before an already-planned day of prayer for Bobo at the Corinth Baptist Church.
"The timing kind of makes cold chills go up and down my spine," said Pastor Don Franks, who has been a part of Bobo's life since she was 10 years old.
Franks now serves as the family's pillar of strength.
"We live from day to day. We are going to trust that she is still alive because we don't have any evidence contrary to that," he stated.
Those close to Bobo have a renewed sense of hope after three years of unanswered questions.
Despite being grateful for the hard work of investigators, their hope is a cautious one.
"There have been times in the past when we felt like, you know, the case was going to be solved, and we were going to be able to find Holly and bring her home, and of course we are disappointed, and the family is disappointed, when that sort of thing happens," Franks said.
Holly's parents did not want to speak on camera in fear of jeopardizing the case, but Franks said he was in communication with them Friday.
Bobo is five feet, three inches tall weighing 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and black flip flops.
A $250,000 reward is being offered for her safe return.
Anyone with information on Bobo's whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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