DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (WAAY) - Kidnapping and murder charges are filed in the disappearance of a missing Tennessee nursing student.
20-year-old Holly Bobo disappeared from her home on April 13th, 2011.
Her brother saw her heading into the woods with a man dressed in camouflage.
Now, 29-year-old Zachary Rye Adams has been indicted in her disappearance and death.
Holly's family and friends were also at the courthouse to listen to Wednesday’s announcement of the charges.
While the charges are a step forward in the case, authorities say they want to see the case it through to the end.
"Another devastation, another sock in the stomach. Another letdown,” says Ann Smith, who led search efforts to find Holly just after she disappeared.
It's been nearly three years since 20-year-old Holly Bobo went missing.
"This investigation has been ongoing for a long time. Three years. A lot of leads have been rung, a lot of evidence has been collected,” says Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwin.
On Wednesday the case took a huge, and tragic, step forward.
A grand jury, convened to hear evidence in her disappearance, came forward with an indictment.
"After the presentment of this information, Decatur County grand jury handed down indictment of a especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder on Zachary Rye Adams," says Gwin.
Last week, authorities executed search warrants on Adams' property, just a few miles down the road from where Holly disappeared.
"As one bit of information leads to the second bit of information, we decided to start conducting searches and interviews, which has brought us to today,” Gwyn says.
Law enforcement remained tightlipped about what was found on Adams’ property that lead to his indictment.
They also would not comment on whether Holly Bobo's body has been found.
"We really can't go into that. You gotta understand that this is too important. This is very very important. It's taken us three years to get to this point, we can't mess it up now," Gwyn says.
Family and friends who were gathered here at the Decatur County Courthouse were devastated by today's news, but say it's the beginning of closure.
"Just pure devastation. It's hard to describe it, it just, it hurts. It hurts from the core. And there are no words,” says Mary Beth Duke, who volunteered in the search efforts for Holly.
But authorities say the case is far from over.
"Thousands upon thousands of law enforcement man hours have been dedicated to this investigation and we are dedicated to ensuring that justice is done,” says FBI Special Agent in Charge Todd McCall.
Adams is due back in court on Tuesday for his arraignment.
He is currently being held without bond in the Chester County jail.