Police: Remains are those of missing Tenn. woman

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Remains Of Holly Bobo Found: Police

By ADRIAN SAINZ

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Human remains discovered in a rural Tennessee county are those of a missing nursing student who disappeared from her home in April 2011, investigators said late Monday.

The remains of Holly Bobo were found Sunday in Decatur County, not far from her home in the town of Parsons, about 110 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn told a news conference.

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FILE - This undated photo file provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, shows Holly Bobo who was last seen April 13, 2013. Prosecutors revoked an immunity agreement, 29-year old Shayne Austin could face charges in the disappearance of Bobo from her home near Parsons three years ago. Investigators have not recovered Bobo's body. Two people have been charged with murder and kidnapping in the case, and investigators say there could be more charges forthcoming. (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
This photo provided by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Jason Wayne Autry. A grand jury indicted Autry on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, on murder and kidnapping charges in the disappearance of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo three years ago. (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
In this March 5, 2014 photo provided by the Chester County Sheriff Department in Henderson, Tenn., Zachary Adams is shown. Adams, accused of kidnapping and murdering 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo three years ago, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chester County Sheriff Department)
CORRECTS YEAR - Zachary Adams is led to the Decatur Country Courthouse on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. Adams, accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and murder. Bobo disappeared April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
CORRECTS YEAR - Zachary Adams is led to the Decatur Country Courthouse on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. Adams, accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and murder. Bobo disappeared April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
Dana Bobo, father of Holly Bobo, leaves the courtroom following a hearing for Zachary Adams in the Decatur Country Courthouse on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. Adams, accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and murder. Holly Bobo disappeared April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Karen Bobo, left, mother of Holly Bobo, leaves the courtroom with attorney Steve Farese following a hearing for Zachary Adams in the Decatur Country Courthouse on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. Adams, accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and murder. Holly Bobo disappeared April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Zachary Adams, center, enters a courtroom in the Decatur Country Courthouse on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Decaturville, Tenn. Adams, accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo, was arraigned on charges of kidnapping and murder. Bobo disappeared April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, a poster with pictures of missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo hangs on a fence in front of her house in Parsons, Tenn. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is holding a news conference Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, to update the public about the disappearance of Bobo nearly three years ago. (AP Photos/Adrian Sainz, File)
Elizabeth Smart makes a speech at Scotts Hill High School, where missing Tennessee woman Holly Bobo graduated from, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Scotts Hill, Tenn. Smart, now 24, was abducted in 2002 at age 14 and was held for nine months before she was found just miles from her Utah home. She told Bobo's friends and family Monday night to keep searching for Bobo and don't give up hope she is alive. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
Michael Rose, of Gallatin, Tenn., searches with other volunteers along a rural road for evidence in the disappearance of Holly Bobo on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Authorities say Bobo, 20, may have been abducted from her family home Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Volunteers head out to search along rural roads and in fields and woods for evidence in the disappearance of Holly Bobo on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Heavy rain Friday slowed the search through rugged terrain in western Tennessee for the woman officials say was abducted from her home by a man wearing camouflage. A midday break in the rain allowed dozens of law enforcement officers and volunteers to resume looking for the 20-year-old Bobo near Parsons, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Jerry Potts calls for a law enforcement officer after he found an item to be examined as he searches along a rural road for evidence in the disappearance of Holly Bobo on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Heavy rain Friday slowed the search through rugged terrain in western Tennessee for a woman officials say was abducted from her home by a man wearing camouflage. A midday break in the rain allowed dozens of law enforcement officers and volunteers to resume looking for the 20-year-old Bobo near Parsons, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Rescue workers pray together on Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Searchers are looking for 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo, who was last seen Wednesday being dragged from her house by a man wearing camouflage in what authorities describe as a home invasion and abduction. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Pink bows symbolizing the hope that missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo will be found alive decorate signs welcoming people to Parsons, Tenn. on Friday, April 19, 2013 in Parsons, Tenn. Investigators on Thursday searched an area near her home after authorities said her purse was found by neighborhood dogs, two years after her disappearance. (AP Photos/Adrian Sainz)
In this April 15, 2011 photo, a sign in Parsons, Tenn., conveys the community's concern for Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student who went missing Wednesday. Bobo was last seen by her brother, Clint, early Wednesday morning as she walked into the woods with an unknown man. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Volunteers line up to get on school buses to be taken to locations where they will look for clues to the disappearance of Holly Bobo on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Authorities say Bobo, 20, was abducted from her family home Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The home of Holly Bobo is shown on Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Darden, Tenn. Searchers are looking for Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, who was last seen Wednesday being dragged from her house by a man wearing camouflage in what authorities describe as a home invasion and abduction. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Decatur County Mayor Michael Smith, right, announces to volunteers that the search for Holly Bobo is being called off for the night on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Authorities say Bobo, 20, may have been abducted from her family home earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Falen Hasher, right, and Morgan Schwab, left, listen as Dan and Karen Bobo speak about the abduction of their daughter, Holly Bobo, on Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Parsons, Tenn. Searchers are looking for Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, who was last seen Wednesday being dragged from her house by a man wearing camouflage in what authorities describe as a home invasion and abduction. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Bobo was 20 when she disappeared. Her brother told police he saw a man dressed in camouflage leading her away into the woods. Investigators and volunteers scoured the woods and fields of the town of about 2,400 for clues, but her remains were not immediately found.

Gwyn has said the Bobo investigation has been the most expensive and exhaustive in TBI history, and is not over yet.

Since Bobo disappeared, the small town of Parsons and surrounding areas in West Tennessee tried to support the family, putting up pink ribbons on lamp posts, mailboxes and storefronts. Bobo was wearing a pink shirt and carrying a pink purse before she disappeared.

Two men found a skull Sunday not far from property owned by the family of Zachary Adams, who has been charged with Bobo's kidnapping and murder. He has pleaded not guilty. The area near his family's property was searched in March.

A second man facing murder and kidnapping charges, Jason Autry, also has pleaded not guilty.

Recently elected District Attorney Matt Stowe said his office was preparing to seek a possible death penalty in the case. A decision is expected in coming weeks, after he consults with the Bobo family, he said.

"The evidence is voluminous," Stowe said. "We are going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that."

Stowe said the Bobo family would be issuing a statement Tuesday.

Before the news conference Monday, the Bobo family was trying to remain calm and let authorities do their job, said their attorney, Steve Farese.

"You can imagine the emotional roller coaster that they've been on," Farese said.

Two brothers, Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy and Mark Pearcy, also face charges of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in the case. Both men have said they are not guilty.

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