Authorities announced Thursday that the missing child of a Texas couple was found alive and well 40 years after her parents died.
Investigators and relatives have been trying to find the truth about the mysterious murders. “Baby Holly Mary,”Since her parents’ bodies were discovered in rural Texas woods in 1981,
She is the 42-year-old daughter of Howard Dean Clouse Jr. and Tina Linn Clouse, and she has now been informed of her extended biological family, courtesy of law enforcement agencies in three states and advanced DNA tracing by genealogists.
Since the bodies of the young couple’s bodies were discovered 40 years earlier, the strange case has been living in the shadows. Investigators at the time couldn’t identify the couple, but they believed their deaths to be homicides.
It wasn’t until last year that DNA technology was able to identify the couple, who had moved with their baby daughter in 1980 from Florida to Texas, where the husband was to start a new job.
Brent Webster, First Assistant Attorney-General of Texas, stated that they last spoke to the couple in October 2012.
Webster refused to answer questions about the media event. Webster said the investigation was ongoing and appealed for public help in solving the mystery of the murders. He said that investigators do not have any suspects.
According to the prosecutor, the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s newly created cold case unit began investigating the murders in 2021 and began searching for the missing child of the couple with the help of investigators from Arizona and Florida.
Webster claimed that Holly Marie was given to an Arizona congregation by two women in white robes wearing no shoes. Webster claimed that the women were members of a nomadic religious community that believed in segregation.
He said that the church took care of the child and later adopted him. Webster stated that the adoptive parents were not suspects.
A woman identifies as a woman “Sister Susan”In 1980, victims’ families were called. The woman claimed she had the car and offered money to return it. According to the woman, the couple had joined a religious organization that forbade physical possessions and they wanted no contact with their families.
The families met with the woman and others in Florida, Webster said. Webster stated that although arrests were made at the meeting, investigators have not been in a position to locate any records. Webster added that it is not unusual for decades-old records not to be found.
Holly’s biological family has been overjoyed since being notified the woman has been discovered safe. The daughter is now a mother to five children living in Oklahoma.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is paying for Holly to be reunited with her biological family in person, Webster said.
“I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it,” Holly’s grandmother, Donna Casasanta, told WESH-TV in Texas.
“Thank you to all of the investigators for working so hard to find Holly. I prayed for them day after day and that they would find Holly and she would be all right,”The grandmother spoke.