In addition to Zachary Adams who was charged last month with the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo, the nursing student from Tennessee who went missing in April 2011, another man has now been charged in connection with Bobo’s disappearance. Jason Wayne Autry, 39, who was already in jail for an unrelated offense after being found guilty on an assault charge, was charged on April 29 with Bobo’s aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder – the exact same charges levied against Adams.
CNN reported that Autry, who hails from Holladay, Tenn., “has a lengthy criminal history,” according to statements made at a news conference yesterday by Mark Gwyn, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Also noteworthy is that Autry is a long-time friend of fellow suspect Adams.
Gwyn said that leads provided by “several witnesses” led investigators to going after Autry. Bobo was last seen alive on April 13, 2011 by her brother who told police she was kidnapped from her home and led into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.
Additional comments made by Gwyn at yesterday’s news conference leads one to believe that authorities have much more new information on the case they haven’t released yet. Gwyn said that, according to investigators, there are “more people with information and possible involvement,” and to “expect more announcements in the coming days and weeks.”
“These individuals know who they are, and I’m sure they are watching, and they can expect us to be on their doorstep pretty soon,” Gwyn said.
There was earlier speculation that police had finally discovered Bobo’s remains. But Gwyn confirmed yesterday that her body has not yet been located.
Investigators are “doing everything we can to try to get (her family) some closure” by finding Bobo’s body, Gwyn said.
Autry appeared in a Decaturville, Tenn. courtroom today for the first time since being charged with Bobo’s kidnapping and murder, according to the Commercial Appeal, and steadfastly proclaimed his innocence in the Bobo case, saying, “I am falsely accused and innocent.” He went on to say, “My right hand to God.” For more on Autry, see the video accompanying this article.
To date, more than $450,000 has been offered in reward money for information in the case of Bobo’s disappearance. Anyone with any information regarding the case should contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.