The daughter of a couple found dead in Texas 42 years ago was found alive, the state’s attorney general said. “Baby Holly” Crouse has not been found with her parents at the crime scene since 1981. In fact, the couple was not identified until 2021, based on DNA tests, writes BBC.
Baby Holly Crouse is 42 years old now. At a news conference, Texas officials said they were “happy” that she was safe, but that the two murder cases remain open. Officials say a mysterious religious cult may be involved and guilty of the two deaths.
Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr. moved from Florida to Texas shortly before they were found dead in the woods in Houston. Only last year were the two identified with the help of Identifiers International, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and police in Texas, Florida and Arizona.
In a statement Wednesday, Texas Attorney General’s Office said Holly was found after 42 years. She currently lives in Oklahoma and has five children. Investigators did not disclose further details about her condition.
Holly Crouse first found out about her identity when police came to her workplace. It happened on the day her father turned 63. It was a “gift from heaven,” Holly’s grandmother reportedly said.
Texas Attorney General Brent Webster told the media that the girl was brought to an Arizona church by two women and added that the adoptive parents who raised Holly are not suspected of being involved in the two crimes.
“Two women who identified themselves as members of a nomadic religious group brought Holly to church,” he said. “They were dressed in white robes and barefoot,” Webster said.
Earlier, the two women allegedly left another child in a laundry.
Brent Webster added that a woman who called herself “Sister Susan” contacted the families of both victims in 1980 or 1981, saying that the couple joined the group and gave up all property.
Three members of the group have been detained by police, but there is still no evidence of their arrest, the prosecutor general said.
The group is believed to have traveled to the southwestern United States in the 1980s. Several women who fit the group’s description were seen begging for food in Yuma, Arizona, Webster said.
Prosecutors have called for those who have information about the disappearance or murder of 42 years ago to contact them at the Texas office.
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