A couple who were murdered in Houston, Texas 40 years ago have been identified, thanks to a team of researchers and a producer of crime podcasts, but their daughter is still missing.
Forensic research service Identifinders International announced on Wednesday that researchers had identified Harold Dean Clouse, then 21, and his wife, Tina Gail Linn Clouse, then 17, as the victims of a murder committed in 1981. unresolved for exactly four decades.
“We are delighted that the Forensic Science Institute has placed their trust in us and that we have been able to terminate the Clouse and Linn families. We thank audiochuck for their generous support in funding the work on this matter,” said Colleen Fitzpatrick, President of Identifinders International. in a press release on Wednesday.
Identifiers International worked with the Houston Institute of Forensic Sciences and podcast producer audiochuck, which funded the generic testing of the case, to make the discovery.
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Identifinders Senior forensic genealogist Misty Gillis and former colleague Allison Peacock identified the couple within 10 days of taking over the case. The whereabouts of their daughter, however, remain unknown.
The families of Clouse and Linn had not seen the couple since moving from Florida to Texas with their one-year-old daughter, Hollie Marie Clouse, in 1980.
On January 12, 1981, a dog discovered the couple’s remains in a wooded area of Houston. They had already been dead for about two months at the time of discovery. Clouse was beaten and gagged, and Linn was strangled, according to Identifiers International.
Family members believed the couple had joined a religious cult and no longer wanted to have contact with relatives, Identifiers International said in a press release.
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If Hollie Marie is still alive, she will be 42 next month, according to Peacock.
Peacock wrote about the discovery and her experience sharing it with Clouse’s mother, 80, in a blog post for Family History Detectives, a company she founded that uses genetic genealogy to help identify the remains. human beings and parentage.
Clouse’s mother said Peacock’s call, though sad, was “the joyful answer to a decades-long prayer … for answers to what happened to her eldest son while she was still in school. life”.
“If Hollie Marie is still alive, she will be 42 next month, although she probably doesn’t even know her real birthday,” Peacock wrote. “And she would have no way of knowing that she was raised by someone who at the very least was a third or fourth party to the murder of her parents. At most, they could have been directly involved.”
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She added in another blog post that because Hollie Marie has not been found with her parents’ bodies, her family is hopeful that she is still alive.
“It inspired me to manage the DNA profiles of key family members on various consumer databases in the hopes that she will test someday,” Peacock wrote. “And if she does, I have no doubt that this lavish love will take place.”