Brent Webster, Texas First Assistant Attorney General, announcing that missing baby Holly was reunited with her extended family after her parents, Tina and Harold Clause, were murdered in Texas in 1981. Photo: APTN

‘Missing baby Holly’ found ‘alive and well’ 41 years after parents murdered in Texas | American News

A woman who disappeared as a baby after her parents were found murdered in a Texas woods in 1981 has been found more than 40 years later.

The pair were discovered among trees in Houston, but at the time their identities could not be discovered.

Decades later, with the help of an organization called Identifinders International who performed genetic testing, experts were able to name them Tina and Harold Clouse and determine that they were from Florida.

But they also discovered that the couple had a child called Holly, who had not been found with them.

Brent Webster, Texas’ first assistant attorney general, said: “They were a young couple and when we found out they had a baby girl…the search for baby Holly began.”

And on Thursday, the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit announced that she had been found.

Mr Webster said it turned out she had been left at a church in Arizona by “two women who identified themselves as members of a nomadic religious group”.

He continued: “They wore white robes and were barefoot. They indicated that the beliefs of their religion included the separation of male and female members, the practice of vegetarian habits and not using or wearing any leather goods.”

After leaving Holly in the care of the church, she was finally taken in and raised by a family.

Mr Webster added: “Out of respect for Holly and her family, we will have no further comments or details on this.

“The family who raised Holly are not suspects in this case.”

First Assistant Attorney General of Texas Brent Webster. Photo: Associated Press

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was “extremely proud of the outstanding work” being done by the new Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit.

“My office has worked diligently across state lines to uncover the mystery surrounding Holly’s disappearance.”

The 42-year-old currently lives in Oklahoma with her five children and has been reconnected with her extended biological family.

‘Grateful Forever’

Sherry Linn Green, Holly’s newly discovered aunt, said that after being reunited she dreamed of her sister (Holly’s mother): “I believe Tina is finally resting in peace knowing that Holly is reunited with her family.

“Personally, I’m so relieved to know that Holly is alive and well and well cared for, but also torn apart by it all. This baby was her life.”

Donna Casasanta, Holly’s grandmother, thanked investigators, saying: “I prayed for them day in and day out that they would find Holly and that she would be fine.

“We will always be grateful.”

Mr Webster said: “We wish Holly the best. We are grateful to have found her. But we must continue with our goal of finding who murdered this couple.”

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