Authorities identified a 42-year-old woman, who had been reported missing after the apparent murder of her parents four decades ago, as the daughter of a Florida couple, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday.
“Baby Holly,” as the daughter of Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse was identified, is doing well and is now 42 years old, a statement from the Attorney General’s Office said.
Her parents disappeared in 1980 and months later the remains of two people were found in a wooded area of Houston (Texas), which turned out to be those of the couple, as identified last year through the use of new genetic technology.
Paxton’s office said the couple’s families were told last year that the two bodies found in Houston were those of Tina and Dean, and began an investigation to determine what had happened to the girl, whose remains had not been found.
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Holly has been notified of the identities of her biological relatives and has been in contact with her extended biological family and hopes to meet them personally soon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
John Bischoff of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) said he is excited that Holly will now have the opportunity to reunite with her biological family who has been searching for her for so long.
Donna Casasanta, Holly’s grandmother, said she has prayed for more than 40 years for an answer and the Lord has revealed part of it, Holly has been found.
Shery Linn Green, Holly’s mother’s sister, said she believes Tina finally rests in peace knowing that her Holly is going to be reunited with her family.