Every Wednesday, Dale Robble, the pastor of Highland Park Church in Nashville, got a group text message from Holly Bobo's mother, one that quoted Scripture and asked for a special prayer for her daughter who had been missing from Darden since April 2011.
A suspect has been named in the 2011 dissapearance of nursing student Holly Bobo. Zachary Rye Adams was indicted on Wednesday and, according to DA Hansel McAdams, he could face the death penalty. VPC
No message came Wednesday, the day 29-year-old Zachary Rye Adams was charged with her kidnapping and death.
Even without that message though, Robble prayed for Bobo's family and her Decatur County community. "Today, my prayer is for Dana, Karen and Clint (Bobo)," he said. "My thought is that as a community, we all need to pray for them."
Robble had helped with several searches for Bobo. In 2012, he took some of his church members to the West Tennessee community about 103 miles southwest of Nashville to look for the missing 20-year-old nursing student.
Bobo disappeared on April 13, 2011. She was last seen being led into the woods by a man wearing camouflage. The community rallied around her family, conducting searches and hanging pink ribbons all around Darden.
Then Wednesday, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced a grand jury had indicted Adams on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with Bobo's disappearance. He remains in jail without bond and will be arraigned Tuesday in a Decatur County courtroom.
The announcement was met with cries and gasps from residents who showed up at the Decatur County Sheriff's Office to hear the latest update on the case from TBI Director Mark Gwyn. Resident Ann Smith was stunned. She said Adams was familiar to many in the county.
"It's somebody that everybody in the county knows, they know his family, they know him," she said.
Those close ties are why Robble said support was needed for the whole community, not just the family.
Gwyn would not discuss details of the case, but last week agents searched several properties in the area, including one that belonged to Adams. They would not say what evidence led them to charge Adams who was in the Chester County jail on an unrelated aggravated assault charge.
Kevin Bromley, a close friend of Bobo's parents who has served as the family spokesman, told The Jackson Sun Adams was not a friend of Holly Bobo or in her circle of friends.
Despite the news, Bromley said the Bobo family "is very, very strong even in the midst of this horrible outcome."
Authorities would not say whether Bobo's body has been found, but District Attorney Hansel McCadams said his office would consider whether to pursue the death penalty.
Gwyn said the investigation is ongoing. A press release from his office said there could be additional suspects.
"It's taken us three years to get to this point," Gwyn said. "We can't mess it up now."