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Holly Bobo's family takes issue with tweet from TBI spokesperson

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The family of missing nursing student Holly Bobo has some strong words for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Holly's mother, Karen Bobo, said Tuesday she was brought to tears last weekend after seeing a Twitter post from the TBI's official spokesperson Kristin Helm.

Helm tweeted Saturday, "Great way to start my day and the coffee is brewing." Included with the tweet was a picture of a newspaper article about the TBI's criticism of a series of reports Channel 4 did on Holly Bobo's disappearance.

The tweet also included a picture of Holly Bobo, who has now been missing for more than two years.

The Bobo family said they thought not only was Helm's tweet inappropriate and unprofessional, but they also believe the family was taunted and publicly mocked on Twitter.

"I think this type of behavior just adds insult and injury and does absolutely nothing to bring my daughter home. I do expect the TBI leaders to take the appropriate actions for whoever is responsible for this," Karen Bobo said.

The family held a sign Tuesday, which had the message that it will never be a great day until Holly is brought home.

They are also circulating a petition, calling for a special task force to investigate the case, and they plan to take that petition to the governor.

"I do feel that this is just an example of why we do need a special task force to look for missing persons, because I do believe there is a conflict of interest here, and maybe the big picture has been lost and that picture is finding our daughter," Karen Bobo said.

Helm's tweet has since been removed from the social media site.

In a statement Tuesday, Helm said:

"That is my personal Twitter account and not associated with TBI in any way. The tweet from my personal account was referring to the content of the article, not directed at the case. If it was construed as hurtful, I apologize."

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