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Prayers, more searching for Holly Bobo

Prayers, more searching for Holly Bobo
Holly Bobo Personal Photo

(CBS/WREG/AP) PARSONS, Tenn. - A week after she disappeared from her home in Tennessee, friends and family of missing 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo held a candlelight vigil for her as the search contiunes.

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According to Reuters, the vigil was held Wednesday night at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Parsons, in western Tennessee. A spokesman represented the Bobo family at the vigil. The Bobos did not attend.

"Every day is difficult, but today's been somewhat more difficult than others," spokesman Kevin Bromley said, according to Reuters.

Town members not only prayed for Bobo, but they have searched, and continue to search for her. They have also posted flyers with her photo and taken food to her family, according to Decatur County Mayor Michael Smith. He said the close-knit community of 2,500 people has little crime.

According to CBS affiliate WREG, the search area was widened last Thursday and covers rugged terrain so thick that at least one search dog had to be carried by its handler on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Authorities also were using a helicopter to scan from the sky.

Police believe that whoever abducted Bobo is a hunter or someone familiar with the area near her home, which is surrounded by rugged woodlands.

Authorities have refused to rule out anyone in the community of Parsons, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, as a potential suspect.

While police initially believed the attacker had dragged Bobo away, investigators now suspect it was a community member who led Bobo into the woods.

Investigators have discovered several of Bobo's personal items, including her cell phone, purse and lunch box.

Bobo is 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen around 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans. Officials ask that anyone with information contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Complete coverage of Holly Bobo on Crimesider

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