Holly Marie found 40 years after the murder of her parents

The missing child of a murdered couple was found alive – 42 years after she and her parents mysteriously went missing.

The missing child of a murdered couple was found alive – 42 years after she and her parents mysteriously went missing.

In 1980, Harold Dean Clouse moved from Florida to Texas with his wife Tina and their young daughter, Holly Marie, driving her mother’s sedan.

But then the three disappeared, The sun relationships.

Donna Casasanta, Clouse’s mother, has spent the past 40 years searching for answers in their case, according to the Houston Chronicle.

In October 2021, the bodies of Clouse and his wife were identified with certainty after being discovered in early 1981. But little Holly Marie was never found.

Finally, this week, investigators found Holly Marie alive and well, who lives in Oklahoma after using an online ancestry site to trace her using DNA.

But questions remain about the disappearance of his parents.

cult ties

Casasanta often received letters from his son after he moved to Texas from Florida with his wife and daughter.

But the letters abruptly ceased in October 1980.

Months after the couple and their daughter went missing, Casasanta received an anonymous phone call from someone claiming to have found the family car in California.

Three women in white robes drove the car across the country to Casasanta in Florida, according to the Houston Chronicle.

One of the women, “Sister Susan”, told Casasanta that her son had joined a sect.

She also said that Clouse gave up her possessions and didn’t want to have anything to do with her family or past.

“It was weird,” Casasanta told the Chronicle. “We got really scared and started looking and looking.”

Beaten and stranger

In January 1981, a German shepherd discovered a decomposed human arm, returning it to its owner’s mouth.

Police then began searching the area in Harris County, Texas, near Houston.

Two bodies were found a week later: that of a man who had been beaten to death and that of a woman who had been strangled.

Investigators determined that the two were long dead.

But the bodies could not be identified as Clouse and his wife.

The desperation of a mother

Casasanta has been waiting for news about his son, daughter-in-law and grandson for years.

Five years after their disappearance, Casasanta and other family members began recording their names on the missing persons lists.

They also contacted the Social Security Administration and the Salvation Army.

“We pretty much thought they had joined this religious group and didn’t want to have any contact with us,” said Les Linn, the brother of Tina Clouse.

Forty-two years later, the genealogists received permission to test the remains discovered in Harris County.

Identifinders International, an organization that works with law enforcement on genealogy, took the genetic information and tried to find matches using Gedmatch.com.

That site shares data with law enforcement in hopes of solving crimes and mysteries like Clouse’s.

Genealogists were able to match Clouse’s DNA to Kentucky relatives, leading them to Casasanta’s daughter, Debbie Brooks.

Tina’s remains were identified in January.

A reunited family

The Texas Attorney General’s Office took control of the case once Clouse’s remains were identified, seeking to find out more about Holly Marie.

It was announced at a press conference on June 9 that Baby Holly was accompanied to a church in Arizona by two women in white robes.

The women claimed to be part of a nomadic religious group, officials said, adding that they believed in the separation of women and men and practiced vegetarianism, among other habits.

Officials also said the people who raised Holly are not considered suspicious in the case.

Texas authorities, along with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, worked together to find Holly and reunite the family.

“It’s one of the most significant things I’ve ever been a part of,” Det said. Steve Wheeler of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing to play even a small part in reuniting a family after 40 years.”

“Finding Holly is a birthday present from heaven ever since we found her from Junior [Dean Clouse’s] birthday, “Casasanta said through a family spokesperson.

“I have prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of them.”

While Holly has been found, the investigation into the murders of Dean and Tina Clouse remains ongoing.

This story was published by The Sun and has been reproduced with permission.

Originally published as Holly Marie found 40 years after the murder of her parents

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