I have read that the good people of Tennessee are turning out in droves to help find Holly Bobo. Thousands of concerned citizens have already volunteered to walk through dense woods in an effort to uncover clues to help in Holly´s return, so many in fact that some had to be turned away. Law enforcement officials have stated they have never before seen turnout like what they are seeing in Parsons, Tennessee, a small rural town with a population of roughly 2,500 people.
Surprisingly, in excess of 2,000 individuals have shown up to help search for Holly. Kids have even volunteered to get out of school to help in the search effort – no, not as a way to skip a day of school, but in a sincere effort to help – how wonderful is that!
Maybe that is why Tennessee is called the Volunteer State. People in Tennessee really care for their neighbors – even if they do not personally know someone, they show up in droves in an effort to show just how much they care.
Now for the bad news – all this help, although greatly appreciated, is not enough. More is needed – not necessarily in the number of people walking shoulder to shoulder in dense woods – what is needed is a concerted effort nationally, regionally, and locally to keep this abduction in the forefront of the news.
When people see a television news article covering the abduction, that coverage, by itself, might help jog someone´s memory of something they might have seen that could be a clue in solving this case.
What is needed is national investigative shows that cover abductions, murders, kidnappings, and other major crimes to devote a segment on Holly – daily if possible, to help solve the case and bring Holly back home to her family. The whole show does not need to be dedicated to Holly´s abduction – sometimes just a time slice to keep the case active in our minds.
The good thing is that there are such shows in existence and they both are on CNN Headline News and they broadcast in prime time – so what is the problem here?
Why is this case not being covered on these programs over and over until Holly is found?
The names of these two shows are the Nancy Grace show and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. Both of these shows focus on major crimes. Both have been helpful in solving major cases. People frequently call into both shows with questions, concerns, and suggestions as to what law enforcement might do to solve cases.
A few months ago a young girl went missing in the south eastern part of our country and after her face and the face of her abductor were shown repeatedly on the Nancy Grace show, the pair was observed in a store in California, of all places, and a clerk called it in and the young girl was safely returned to her family and the abductor was arrested.
Sounds like a fairy tale doesn´t it, but the reality of it is that keeping a crime active in the media sometimes helps solve cases.
On Thursday, April 21st, Deborah Norville was guest hosting the Nancy Grace show and that was when I first found out about Holly´s abduction. I was moved by the specifics – a beautiful young vibrant college age girl – abducted from her own driveway while she was getting ready to get in her car to drive to classes. It was reported that her brother witnessed the event from a window overlooking the driveway. At the time, he did not realize that it was an abduction but when he did realize something appeared wrong, he called authorities and search efforts began.
Deborah Norville dedicated the entire show to Holly. There were law enforcement and other crime specialists that gave their opinions on various aspects of the abduction. Aerial views of the Holly´s house and the surrounding dense woods were shown repeatedly during the show. With all the coverage it seemed like a speedy resolution would happen and Holly would be safely returned.
Unfortunately, the case has not been solved and that is the last coverage we have seen on the Nancy Grace show. Why? Why has the Nancy Grace show decided to not dedicate not even another minute to keeping this case in the minds of the viewing public? Why has she decided to not even put up a screen with a photo of Holly and details about what numbers to call if you have any information? There are volunteers manning tip lines waiting for that one call that will crack this case and for that call to be made requires shows like “Nancy Grace” and “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” keeping the public aware that Holly is still missing and may still be alive.
Nancy and Jane both draw on the sensational, they thrive on asking very probing, if not embarrassing questions to guests, victims and family members of victims in their effort to both help solve cases as well as boost their ratings.
For the past week the Nancy Grace show has covered other abductions and missing individuals under suspicious circumstances – but surely, she could have dedicated even one minute to the specifics surrounding Holly´s abduction.
There are several reasons I believe Nancy and Jane are not dedicating any time to this case.
1. From what I understand, the Bobo family has either been directed to NOT to talk to anyone in the media or is choosing to not talk to the media. Both Nancy and Jane thrive on asking very pointed questions of family and friends of victims as well as to persons of interest or potential suspects. With no one to talk to or even to badger, these two ladies are consciously choosing to not keep this case alive. They are choosing to NOT show important information such as a tip line or a list of specifics surrounding a case to focus more on the sensationalism they are both noted for.
2. Also, TBI is not revealing any evidence or information that might keep this case alive. Anything and everything that has been found is being kept from public scrutiny, supposedly in an effort to help track down the kidnapper(s). I find this ridiculous. Surely, something could be released that would not compromise the investigation. TBI and other agencies involved in this case have an inherent responsibility to keep the public in the loop on this case. Even if bits and pieces are spoon fed to the public, they keep the public involved and the case itself “alive”. People care and want to be involved – just watching an update on television makes people feel they are part of the investigation – and with that they might spread the word to friends and that dialogue could lead to a speedy resolution in the case or even a breakthrough. People want to be involved.
From what I understand, blood samples were found in the yard. If some of the blood or all of the blood samples belong to Holly, that could be released without compromising the case. Also, releasing the recorded 9-11 call would help as well. Too many people are focusing on issues regarding Holly´s brother and releasing the call or even releasing timeline information would appease all who are starving for some information regarding the case.
In my estimation, TBI is doing an injustice to Holly and her family by not keeping the public involved.
So, what is one to do now? I have an answer. I suggest that every Tennessean or better yet, everyone reading this blog, who cares about this case either call the Headline News Network and tell them that they want more coverage on the Holly Bobo abduction. If you are not so inclined to make calls like that, then get on the Internet and log on to CNN´s Headline News Network´s website and leave a written message asking that they be more proactive on both Nancy´s and Jane´s shows. These shows have 800 numbers – use them. If you cannot find a 800 number, then instead of getting your next Starbucks coffee, use that money to make a toll call. If it leads to Holl’s return, that is money well spent.
Jane Velez-Mitchell claims that there is a war against women and she is their flag bearer – she is the one who says she is there to help bring an awareness to everyone regarding what each person can do to stop all this violence. Well, Jane, this is your chance to put your words to work. Cover this story. If Nancy will not cover it, then you MUST. If neither of you will cover it, then why are you on the air making the big bucks and don’t care enough to keep this story alive. Jane, you have not covered this story at all. WHY?
Unfortunately, neither of these women, Nancy or Jane, will provide more coverage to this story unless YOU, yes YOU, do something to make them cover this story.
Everyone who has gotten this far in this blog must care about Holly and her abduction – and now is the time for you to show just how much you care. Here is the link to CNN´s Headline News Website. Click on it, go there, navigate to both shows and leave your concerns.
Click on Nancy´s image on the top of the page to get to Nancy´s Blog and Facebook links. Go to either and follow the instructions to leave a message, text, twitter, tweet, or whatever – Just Do It – Holly´s life and resolution to this crime may depend on it.
If you want to write Jane, scroll down below the photos on the top of the Headline News website and you will see a photo of Jane a little down the page. Click on her photo and you will be taken to her page. On the right side is a link to tweet her or to even email the show.
I have done my part, I have left an extensive note with the Nancy Grace show and I have also blogged about Holly on my own blogsite.
I do not know Holly. I have never seen her at the bank or at a donut shop, nor have I taken a class with her – but I care and I am sure all of you do as well. Some of you know her personally or even know her family.
Now is the time for you to do more. Turn off your TV for a minute or stop reading your book and do what you have the power to do. Get Nancy and Jane talking about Holly.
The resolution to Holly´s disappearance and hopefully bringing her home alive might depend on it.
I plead to the goodness in each and every one of you to do something to get this case on the television on a regular basis until it is resolved.
You have the power to effect change – now is the time for you to demand that Holly gets the coverage she deserves.