The mysterious disappearance of a young woman in rural Tennessee.
In case you haven’t kept up with the news recently, a twenty-year-old nursing student from the small town of Darden, Tennessee was kidnapped from the carport of her home at approximately on April 13th when she was leaving for school. Her mother and father had already left for the day and Holly was alone in their rural home except for her twenty-five-year-old brother who was reported to have been taking a shower. When he heard something outside, he looked out the window and saw a man dressed in camouflage holding her arm as they walked toward the woods. It was turkey-hunting season in this rural community, and many people, including Holly, wore similar clothes during the season. Holly’s brother, Clint, thought nothing of the incident because he thought the person with his sister was her boyfriend. When he left the house shortly after, he saw blood spatter on the carport and in the grass. The investigators announced that the small amount of blood was not considered life threatening. Samples were gathered and a DNA test performed. The results of the test have not been made public.
This investigation has caught the imagination of the world for several reasons. Holly was the kind of person every parent would like to have for a daughter, and many others wanted for a friend. She was a good student in school and graduated tenth in her class. Her high school principal said in a joking, yet affectionate way, that she was the only student in school who never had to go to the detention hall. Holly sang in church often and was the cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan. She wanted to be a nurse and had worked in the summer mission program of her church. When you consider the outpouring of love, concern, and self-sacrifice of the surrounding community in an effort to find her, it is enough to restore the faith of the most harden cynic. On one of those days, there were over two thousand searchers spread across the surrounding countryside hunting for any clues of her disappearance. Her lunch box was found about eight miles away from her home, and another unidentified object thought to have been her cell phone. The investigators of the incident include the local sheriff’s office, the TBI and the FBI. They have kept what they have found very close to their vest, despite the urgings of newspaper reporters and television personalities. Deborah Norville, sitting in for Nancy Grace, featured Holly’s disappearance on her program. John Walsh has given his opinions on the proper course of action for the family members. The incident has caught the attention of well-wishers around the world, and also armchair detectives, psychics, and those who simply want to know. No one likes to think that a person living in what should have been a safe environment could be carried away for no known reason.
It has been three weeks since Holly’s disappearance. The public knows little of what the investigators have discovered, although there can be no doubt that they have worked diligently to bring the case to a satisfactory conclusion. I was heartened, somewhat, when they placed Holly on their ‘Most Wanted List.’ The FBI has extensive resources at their disposal and will eventually solve this terrible crime. They are encouraging the public to go to their website (the links are below) and report any information that might be pertinent. In the meantime, we can pray for the family and for her safe return.