Last night, Whitney made requests for prayers for Holly's safety via her Facebook page and Twitter account. "My cousin Holly was kidnapped this morning," she wrote. "Please pray for her & our family. This is really sad & shocking."
"Lord have mercy," Whitney continued. "I feel like I'm walking in a nightmare. Thanks for all the prayers and please keep spreading the Amber Alert."
Holly's 25-year-old brother witnessed the abduction from inside the house and saw Holly's attacker drag her from the carport into the wooded area nearby. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Violent Crime Response Team today continued to gather evidence at the home in Decatur County, located approximately 100 miles from Memphis. Authorities increased their search for the young woman this morning.
The suspected home invasion happened around 7:30 am on Wednesday (April 13) as Holly was leaving for class at the University of Tennessee Martin, where she is a nursing student. Holly is 5-foot-3-inches tall with shoulder-length blond hair and weighs around 110 lbs. She was wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans at the time of her suspected abduction.
Whitney went back to West Tennessee, and she tweeted on Thursday night, "Just drove by the command post at the church. It is so touching how many people in this community and around have come together to find Holly."
Officials have asked if you see Holly or anything suspicious to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
UPDATE: Whitney and Holly's family have offered a $25,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the safe return of Holly.