After a whirlwind romance and a being pregnant, Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Linn Clouse had been married in June 1979. By 1981 the couple went lacking, and their households had little closure till their our bodies had been exhumed and recognized 40 years later.
Dean was 22 and Tina was 18 once they went lacking. The reality behind their disappearance wasn’t uncovered till a genetic family tree company examined their DNA and linked it to the our bodies of a pair who was murdered in 1981.
Though Tina and Dean have been discovered, their little one, Hollie Marie, who could be 41 immediately, continues to be lacking.
“I’ll always remember my son and his Tina, I went years in ache questioning the place they had been. Now I can solely preserve praying God lets me see my granddaughter in the future,” Donna Casasanta, Harold’s mom, advised USA TODAY.
Casasanta reported her son lacking in 1981 after months of no communication. She stated her son had joined a spiritual cult in previous years and the police shortly “excused the disappearance with them leaving with the cult.”
“I spent years ready to get a name from my son or calling police stations every time a brand new male physique was discovered. I spent years with my chest on fireplace, simply ready,” Casasanta advised USA TODAY.
In January 1981, a canine wandered into the woods and returned with a human arm in its mouth. Native police later found a person who was overwhelmed to dying and a girl who had been strangled, the Houston Chronicle reported in 2011.
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Years glided by with out the our bodies being recognized and with out progress in Harold’s and Tina’s lacking individuals case.
That was till the our bodies had been exhumed in 2011 and Identifinders Worldwide, a California-based group that performs genetic family tree for legislation enforcement, determined to tackle the case.
Allison Peacock, who labored with the family tree and operations crew with Identifinders Worldwide, referred to as the Clouse household and confirmed the couple was Dean and Tina. Nevertheless, their little one, Hollie was by no means discovered.
The Clouse household asks for extra solutions. The place is Hollie?
Brooks stated the household won’t ever know full closure till these accountable for the murders are arrested and Hollie is discovered.
“I can not cease desirous about what if she’s on the market, what if she does not know we’re searching for her. I can not cease pondering of seeing her once more,” Debbie Brooks, Harold’s sister, advised USA TODAY.
Brooks stated so far as the household is aware of Hollie was final seen in Lewisville, Texas, and there’s an ongoing investigation into her disappearance in that space.
Peacock, who now capabilities because the Clouse household’s advocate and public relations contact, stated she’s working with businesses to create a development photograph that may present what Hollie would seem like immediately. The hope is the photograph and a number of information articles will attain Hollie or somebody who is aware of her.
Debbie and different members of the family have submitted swabs of their DNA to ancestry.com and different ancestry websites in hopes of matching with Hollie or a relative who is aware of of her whereabouts. The Clouse household stated simply as they by no means stopped trying to find Harold and Tina, they’re going to by no means cease searching for Hollie.
“Discovering Hollie is the final puzzle piece, the final piece of my brother and Tina. It means every little thing to us to seek out her,” Brooks stated.
The Clouse and Linn household urge anybody with info to contact Lewisville police.
How had been Harold and Tina recognized?
Misty Gillis, a senior forensic genealogist, and Peacock who labored with Identifinders Worldwide and the Houston Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine the victims within the 1981 chilly case.
Gillis advised USA TODAY she typically works on chilly circumstances of perpetrators or kids and was inquisitive about reuniting the “love birds who died collectively” with their households. Dean’s and Tina’s DNA and knowledge had been uploaded to Gedmatch.com, a family tree website that shares their customers’ genetic info with legislation enforcement businesses nationwide.
Gillis linked Dean’s DNA with cousins in Kentucky, and in simply 10 days she recognized the person who was unidentified for 40 years. After chatting with the Clouse household about Harold and his background, Peacock was capable of determine the lady’s physique as Tina’s.
“Once I acquired the decision, I felt shock. Simply shock. It had been so lengthy of simply driving down the highway and hoping to see Junior [Dean]. I would see a person within the retailer and assume, ‘Properly does not that seem like him,'” Debbie Brooks, Harold’s sister advised USA TODAY. “That decision that his physique was discovered modified every little thing; it helped me cease wanting.”
In early 1981, Casasanta stated Dean had been working in carpentry and specializing in fatherhood earlier than his disappearance. She recalled Tina being essentially the most “harmless and candy” individual anybody would ever meet. Though the couple was identified to frequent cults within the ’80s, Casasanta stated she was by no means glad with the conclusion that that they had run away with the cult.
The Clouse household by no means stopped searching for the household. They contacted the Salvation Military and the Social Safety Administration about their whereabouts. The household additionally ensured Dean’s, Tina’s and Hollie’s names at all times stayed on the lacking individual’s record.
“I prayed to God to ship me solutions about my boy earlier than I died. I simply wished to know the place he was, after which final yr we acquired the decision,” Casasanta stated. “God answered my prayer, and now my chest is not so heavy.”
However for Brooks, the identification of the our bodies is not sufficient.
“I need to know who did this, who killed them and why. I need to discover Hollie, I must know if my niece had an excellent life, if she was abused, if she’s okay.”
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This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Houston couple’s stays recognized however their child nonetheless lacking