Investigators find ‘Baby Holly,’ missing daughter of Florida couple killed in 1981


There’s been a new discovery in the mysterious death of a Florida couple and the disappearance of their baby. According to a news release from the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a wooded area of ​​Houston, Texas, in 1981. Investigators believe they were victims of a homicide. According to the Houston Chronicle, the man had been beaten to death and the woman was strangled. Their remains were not identified until 2021, when investigators determined the remains belonged to Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr. just moved from New Smyrna Beach to Texas, had a baby named Holly. The infant was not found with the remains of the Clouses. Family members of the Clouses have been searching for answers since the married couple and their daughter vanished in 1980. On Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced that Holly had been found alive and well, now 42 years old. Investigators apparently walked into Holly’s workplace this week, in Oklahoma, and told her who she was, leading to her being reunited with her biological family members. “Finding Holly is a birthday present from heaven since we found her on Junior’s birthday. I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it…we have found Holly,” said Holly’s grandmother, Donna Casasanta. “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 alright. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mindy Montford. We will be forever grateful.”“After finally being able to reunite with Holly, I dreamed about her and my sister, Tina last night. In my dream, Tina was laying on the floor rolling around and laughing and playing with Holly like I saw them do many times before when they lived with me prior to moving to Texas. I believe Tina’s finally resting in peace knowing Holly is reuniting with her family. I personally am so relieved to know Holly is alive and well and was well cared for, but also torn up by it all. That baby was her life,” said Sherry Linn Green, Holly’s aunt. Questions about where Holly has been since her parents’ violent death, so far have not been answered. The Texas Observer reports Holly was identified after officials unsealed adoption and birth records. However, authorities have been tight-lipped about the circumstances of her adoption. Holly’s adoption and the death of her parents revolves around the mention of a “religious community.” to the Jesus People in Chicago or a group called the Brethren,” the Where is Holly Marie Facebook page reads. A few months after family members stopped hearing from Harold Dean Clouse Jr., a man called claiming he had found the couple’s car in California . Three women in white robes drove the vehicle back to Florida and told Clouse’s family that the couple had joined a cult and wanted nothing to do with them. A news conference is expected to be held Thursday afternoon. WESH 2 will stream the address at 3:30 pm ET. Officials said the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children all contributed to Holly being found. The investigation into the murders of Holly’s biological parents is ongoing. Anyone with information about their deaths is encouraged to contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.texas.gov.

There’s been a new discovery in the mysterious death of a Florida couple and the disappearance of their baby.

According to a news release from the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a wooded area of ​​Houston, Texas, in 1981. Investigators believe they were victims of a homicide.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the man had been beaten to death and the woman was strangled.

Their remains were not identified until 2021, when investigators determined the remains belonged to Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr.

The couple, who had reportedly just moved from New Smyrna Beach to Texas, had a baby named Holly. The infant was not found with the remains of the Clouses.

Family members of the Clouses have been searching for answers since the married couple and their daughter vanished in 1980.

On Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced that Holly had been found alive and well, now 42 years old.

Investigators apparently walked into Holly’s workplace this week, in Oklahoma, and told her who she was, leading to her being reunited with her biological family members.

“Finding Holly is a birthday present from heaven since we found her on Junior’s birthday. I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it…we have found Holly,” said Holly’s grandmother, Donna Casasanta. “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 alright. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mindy Montford. We will be forever grateful.”

“After finally being able to reunite with Holly, I dreamed about her and my sister, Tina last night. In my dream, Tina was laying on the floor rolling around and laughing and playing with Holly like I saw them do many times before when they lived with me prior to moving to Texas. I believe Tina’s finally resting in peace knowing Holly is reuniting with her family. I personally am so relieved to know Holly is alive and well and was well cared for, but also torn up by it all. That baby was her life,” said Sherry Linn Green, Holly’s aunt.

Questions about where Holly has been since her parents’ violent death, so far have not been answered.

The Texas Observer reports Holly was identified after officials unsealed adoption and birth records. However, authorities have been tight-lipped about the circumstances of her adoption. Holly’s adoption and the death of her parents revolves around the mention of a “religious community.”

“Holly may have grown up in or around a religious community. Members called themselves by the titles ‘Brother’ or ‘Sister’ and may have been related to the Jesus People in Chicago or a group called the Brethren,” the Where is Holly Marie Facebook page reads.

A few months after family members stopped hearing from Harold Dean Clouse Jr., a man called claiming he had found the couple’s car in California. Three women in white robes drove the vehicle back to Florida and told Clouse’s family that the couple had joined a cult and wanted nothing to do with them.

A news conference is expected to be held Thursday afternoon. WESH 2 will stream the address at 3:30 pm ET.

Officials said the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children all contributed to Holly being found.

The investigation into the murders of Holly’s biological parents is ongoing. Anyone with information about their deaths is encouraged to contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.texas.gov.

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