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TBI condemns series of Holly Bobo news reports produced by Nashville TV station

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Holly Bobo went missing from her Darden, TN home in 2011. Holly Bobo went missing from her Darden, TN home in 2011.

(WMC-TV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is condemning a series of reports done on the Holly Bobo case by Nashville TV station WSMV.

WSMV produced several news stories and a special documentary, using interviews with a non-profit organization called "Without Warning" that claimed to investigate the nursing student's disappearance.

"The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn in a written statement. "The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case."

During interviews with TBI special agents, each member of the "Without Warning" team admitted that they repeated information they had heard and read, but information they gathered themselves.

According to the TBI, "Without Warning" founder Sheila Wysocki said the following in an e-mail to a special agent:

"You all have to realize that we have been able to make any story surrounding this case a ratings winner and online success which was the goal. In return, someone may come forward to be the hero and give you all the right information to resolve this case."

Since WSMV's reports aired, the TBI says they have reviewed additional information and video footage. They conclude no information contained in any of the documents (comments posted on websites, personal notes, public records, news articles, and print outs from social media sites) led to any new evidence in the 2-year-old case.

"Without Warning and WSMV have had no regard for the truth and their careless use of misleading information has been detrimental to this case," said the prosecutor responsible for handling the case.

Meanwhile, the TBI investigation into Holly Bobo's disappearance continues.

There is a $85,000 government and private citizen reward fund for information leading the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance, as well as a reward being offered by a Memphis citizen urging the subject turn himself into authorities for $100,000 and a $250,000 reward for Holly Bobo's safe return.

Information about Holly Bobo's disappearance should be reported to 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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