A grand jury in Decatur County has indicted Zachary Adams for the 2011 kidnapping and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo.
Adams, 29, is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder in the indictment handed down just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Bobo disappeared from her home on Swan Johnson Road outside Parsons, about 100 miles west of Nashville, on the morning of April 13, 2011.
Bobo's brother Clint last saw her being led into the woods, he says, by a man dressed in camouflage.
Countless searches of the area revealed little to no clues as to her whereabouts.
Last weekend, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searched Adams' home in Holladay, Tennessee, approximately 15 miles north of Bobo's home.
District Attorney General Hansel McCadams said they found evidence that proves Bobo was taken forcibly and that she was killed as a result of that kidnapping.
There was no indication that Bobo's body has been found.
"Hopefully this is the beginning of closure for the Bobo family," TBI Director Mark Gwyn told a gathering of reporters Wednesday afternoon.
About 45 minutes earlier, two individuals with the FBI and TBI delivered the news to the Bobo family at their home.
A small group of family members and friends remained at the residence Wednesday evening. A sheriff's office vehicle blocked off access to the driveway.
Kevin Bromley, a spokesperson for the family, said, "Obviously this is horrible news for the family. Their heart is broken. They lost a child. It's hard to put into words what the family is feeling. What they need most of this community and from the people all around are prayers and lots of strength in the coming days."
Tara Pratt, a Bobo family friend, shared her reaction to the developments in Holly's case. She said Adams' arrest is the start of getting answers for everyone.
"[Holly] was such a big part of our community. Everybody has put in time and effort, man hours, prayers, everything that we could do to support the Bobo family," she said. "We've all contributed in our way."
When asked what she would like to say to investigators if given the chance, Pratt had several questions weighing on her mind.
"Why? Why in the world did they choose her? Why did they do this? I don't understand it," she asked. "My heart is breaking."
A motive for the killing was not released.
The family's pastor told News 2 they were shocked to learn about the indictment. Don Franks said Bobo was not friends with her accused killer and did not hang out with his friends.
Danielle Darnell, who grew up around Adams and has known him since he was a young boy, spoke to News 2 about her involvement in the case.
"I had called the TBI two years ago and spoke with them, and two years later they called me back and wanted to interview," she said.
Darnell explained she couldn't share exactly what she spoke to the TBI about, but feels the information she gave them was helpful.
"Right now, it's the beginning of the end. This isn't the end; it's the beginning of a whole new chapter of Zach Adams. It's just the beginning," she stated.
When asked if she feels Holly could have been killed by Zach, Darnell took a moment before answering with tears in her eyes.
"In my heart of hearts, I've asked myself that question a million times over, and I do. I do believe that," she said.
Darnell also told media that people in the community feared Adams due to "his wild behavior," saying it was "like he has nothing to live for."
Adams was already in custody on an unrelated aggravated assault charge. He is now being held without bond.
Adams is scheduled to be arraigned in Decatur County next Tuesday, March 11 at 1 p.m.
TBI Director Gwyn said the district attorney has made the case death penalty eligible.
He could not say whether there would be additional indictments in the case, but stressed the investigation isn't over.
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