Baby Holly, also known as Holly Marie Clouse, was at the center of a nationwide search after the murders of her parents, Dean and Tina Clouse, in 1980.
She was located in June 2022, over 40 years after her parents’ bodies were discovered, and her first-ever television interview with David Muir on 20/20 was televised on November 3, 2023.
Holly was taken to a church in Arizona by two women, who were believed to be members of a nomadic religious group, and dropped off there after her parents’ murder.
She was later adopted by her adoptive parents, who are not suspects in the murder of her biological parents.
How was baby Holly found?
Holly was found through the collaborative efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department, and numerous law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
After the bodies of Holly’s parents were identified in late 2021, their families began to search for Holly who was then a little baby.
Law enforcement had no idea that the couple had an infant daughter.
Holly was located in June 2022, over 40 years after her parents’ bodies were discovered.
According to investigators, Holly was taken to a church in Arizona and dropped off by two women, who they believe were members of a nomadic religious group.
The people who raised Holly are not suspects in the investigation.
Holly was later adopted by a pastor and his wife who lived in Arizona.
What happened to baby Holly’s parents?
Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr., Baby Holly’s parents, were murdered in 1980.
Their bodies were found in Houston, Texas, and remained unidentified until 2021 when new DNA evidence technology revealed their identities.
Harold Clouse had been beaten, bound, and gagged, while Tina Clouse was a victim of strangulation.
Who killed baby Holly’s parents?
The murders of Holly’s parents remain unsolved.
The couple had moved from Florida to Texas to start a new life, but they went missing in 1980.
In 1981, two bodies were discovered in Texas woods, and they were later identified as Baby Holly’s parents.
Harold had been beaten, bound, and gagged, while Tina was a victim of strangulation.
The Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit is still investigating the case and has urged anyone with information to contact them.
The investigation revealed that the couple had connections to a cult, and members of the cult apparently handed over Holly to a church after the couple’s deaths.
The cult has not been named, but it is believed to be a nomadic religious group called “Christ Family”.
Two women who identified themselves as members of the group brought Holly to the church, and they were wearing white robes and were barefoot.
The foster parents who raised Holly are not suspected of playing any role in the murders.
What is Holly’s current condition and where is she living?
Holly is now 42 years old and is alive and well.
She lives near Cimarron Valley around Cushing, Oklahoma, and has five children and two infant grandchildren.
Holly was located in June 2022, over 40 years after her parents’ bodies were discovered, and she was reunited with her biological family.
Her extended family in Florida had been looking for her for decades and were overjoyed to reunite with her.
Holly recently made contact with her biological family virtually, and they will soon be united in person, thanks to financial help from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Holly’s foster parents who raised her are not suspects in the murder of her biological parents.