Prosecutors could seek the death penalty against the man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo.
In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn announced a specially called Decatur County grand jury had issued a true bill and indicted Zachary Rye Adams, 29, on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder.
"We've spent hundreds of hours on the case. Hundreds of searches conducted. It was expensive and exhausting," said Gwyn. "Please pray for the family as the investigation continues."
Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, TN, home on April 13, 2011, as Bobo's brother, Clint, saw her being led away from the home between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
The investigation appeared to pick up steam last Friday after agents from the TBI and FBI searched several locations in Decatur and surrounding counties, including the home and property of Adams in Holladay, TN, about 15 miles from the Bobo residence.
Adams was arrested on Friday on unrelated assault charges in which authorities said he held a gun to the head of Amber Bray and threatened to "gut" her.
Adams is currently being held without bond in nearby Chester County. He will be arraigned on the current charges on Tuesday. He will tell a judge at that time whether he can afford to hire a lawyer or if he needs one appointed.
Gwyn would not say what kind of evidence was found during the search or whether authorities have recovered any remains.
Gwyn did not rule out the possibility of other arrests in the case and said the investigation in continuing.
"We are confident that, as the public understands, we're moving forward, that they will come forward with the information they have," said Gwyn. "We hope this will lead us to additional information."
Gwyn said someone from the TBI spoke with the Bobo family before the indictment was announced at a news conference.
"Obviously, they're devastated," Gwyn said.
Asked about the basis for the charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder, District Attorney General Hansel McCadams said, "We believe we can prove that she was taken forcefully from her home without her consent."
"Based on the evidence that we have before us, we also feel that she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping," McAdams said.
McCadams said he will consider pursuing the death penalty if Adams is convicted.
Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt said the indictment could be the first step of closure for the family and community.
"Thanks to the volunteers and agencies that have helped with this search," said Wyatt. "This is the first step we have to finding closure."
Holly Bobo's family did not issue a statement after the indictment. The family's pastor said the family was "appreciative of all the support they've received and all that the investigators have done."
On Saturday the community held a 12-hour prayer vigil at the Bobo's church.
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