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Holly Bobo update: Ohio man accused of interfering in case of missing Tenn. nursing student

Authorities are looking for 20-year-old Holly Bobo, a west Tennessee woman who was last seen being dragged from her home by a man dressed in camouflage. Investigators believe Bobo may have been abducted in a home invasion on Wednesday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that her 25-year-old brother told investigators that he saw the man dragging his sister across the carport at her family home and toward a wooded area. Officials ask that if you see Holly or anything suspicious contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Personal Photo

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(CBS/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Law enforcement agents have searched the home of an Ohio man they accuse of interfering with the investigation into the disappearance of 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo.

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On Wednesday, officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation seized a computer and other belongings from the East Liverpool home of Tony Calabrese and questioned the man and his roommate.

Calabrese is not a suspect in the disappearance, a TBI spokeswoman told Nashville station  WSMV-TV,  but is accused of hindering the investigation by soliciting leads and portraying himself as the leader of a search and rescue team.

Bobo was last seen on April 13, 2011, walking into the woods near her home in western Tennessee with a man dressed in camouflage.

Calabrese has set up a website featuring photos of Bobo and soliciting leads, claiming to pass them on to law enforcement. But the TBI said Calabrese is drawing attention away from their investigation.

Calabrese told the station he believes law enforcement is angry with him because he found information and passed it on to Gov. Bill Haslam, but would not elaborate on what type of information he found.

He said he has not traveled to Tennessee to help with the search, but reportedly claims to have dispatched others. He also said he has never run a search and rescue team before.

Asked whether he planned to stop the actions the TBI considers to be interfering with their investigation, Calabrese said, "I told Karen Bobo I would do anything I could, like anybody else, trying to find her daughter to bring that girl home."

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