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Sheriff: No suspects in abduction of Tenn. student

/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

The sheriff in Parsons, Tenn., says there are no suspects in the abduction of Holly Bobo, a nursing student who has been missing since she was allegedly dragged from her home Wednesday.

Bobo's older brother told authorities he saw a man wearing camouflage drag her from her home toward the woods. Several law enforcement agencies and hundreds of volunteers have searched the surrounding woods and fields.

Speaking Friday on NBC's TODAY, Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said, "We have talked to every person that we know... Everybody has been interviewed and talked to and we do not have a suspect at this time."

When asked how Bobo's boyfriend, who reportedly goes turkey hunting in the woods wearing camouflage, fit into the case, Wyatt reiterated that there was currently no suspect.

"Weather's going to play a large part as to how we're going to handle this," he said. "We'll wait and see how [it] plays out. Weather permitting we'll expand our search area today."

Police said they recovered the 20-year-old's white lunch box by a creek nearly eight miles from her home, according to ABC News.

Tearful pleaOn Thursday, Bobo's parents tearfully pleaded for help in finding her as police discovered blood on a carport and volunteers searched nearby woods and fields.

"Please help us find her," a shuddering Karen Bobo said of her daughter, a nursing student.

"I just want her back," the elementary school teacher said before nearly collapsing and being led away as reporters tried to ask questions.

"Our daughter was taken from us," added her husband, Dana Bobo, who said he felt the attacker "might have been somebody close, somebody who knew her routine."

Even Sheriff Wyatt choked back tears as he reiterated the plea for help. "This family — we can only imagine what they're going through. They need your help," he said.

The family also announced that the community had raised more than $25,000 as a reward.

Wyatt said investigators found the blood in searching the Bobos' home.

In this undated photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Holly Bobo is shown. Authorities are now looking at the possibility that Bobo, a 20-year-old missing woman from Decatur County, may have been abducted in a home invasion. Bobo was last seen Wednesday morning, April 6, 2011, by a relative who says she was being dragged across the carport of her home toward a wooded area by a man wearing camouflage. (AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Bobo's 25-year-old brother, Clint, said he witnessed the assault from inside the home, in a rural area about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, authorities said, but they haven't revealed what he told a 911 operator or provided much other detail. All they have said is that he is helping investigators. Neighbors were asked to report any unusual people or cars in the area at the time.

Officials said two 911 calls were made Wednesday morning, one by the brother and another by a woman police did not identify.

"It's very disturbing to our community, it's very disturbing to us as law enforcement. We are praying for the family and the young lady," . "It's our hopes and our prayers that we find her alive."

Investigators are looking into the possibility that someone may have checked out Bobo's home before the abduction and are asking neighbors to report any unusual people or cars in the area.

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)Mark Humphrey / AP

'Walking in a nightmare'Since news of the case spread, neighbors and people in nearby communities have poured out to help search, bring food and support. Family members who are holding together reasonably well, Decatur County Mayor Michael Smith said. Some 300 people gathered on Thursday morning to resume the search.

Holly Bobo is a cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan, who took to Twitter to spread news of the disappearance and make a plea for help in the case.

"Lord have mercy. I feel like I'm walking in a nightmare," .

Bobo is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen Wednesday morning wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

Smith said the community has little crime, so word of this has come as a shock. Parsons has about 2,500 residents.

People talk outside the Corinth Baptist Church following a prayer service for Holly Bobo, a member of the church, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Darden, Tenn. Authorities say Bobo, 20, may have been abducted from her family home earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Mark Humphrey / AP

Bud Grimes, a spokesman for the University of Tennessee at Martin, said Bobo was studying to be a licensed practical nurse through the Tennessee Technology Center. She was taking classes at the university's extension campus in Parsons, but was not a UT-Martin student.

Courtney Jeffreys, 20, went to school with Bobo since preschool and said she loves animals and always had a lot of different kinds of pets growing up.

"She is just a really sweet girl," Jeffreys said.

Family friend David Ivey, whose son went to high school with Bobo, said the young woman has an "angelic voice" and loved to show it off in talent contests at school. She also would sing solos at Corinth Baptist Church where she was a member, he said.

Bobo's pastor, Don Franks, said he has known her all her life and said she is "a fine young Christian girl." He said the community response has been exceptional.

"They're searching, bringing food and holding prayer vigils," Franks said. "The whole community is praying for her safety and well-being."