‘Baby Holly’ meets Florida family 40 years after parents’ murder

An infant who disappeared after her parents were murdered 42 years ago is alive and well. The family had just moved to Texas from Volusia County when their bodies were found in a wooded area back in 1981.The baby, a little girl named Holly, was nowhere to be found. The couple was finally identified in 2021, and Holly was found this week.RELATED: In 1981, a Florida couple was killed and their infant daughter vanished. She was just found alive and well “I’m like, oh my gosh! We found her! We found her, ”Debbie Brooks, Holly’s aunt, said.Brooks, along with her mother Donna Casasanta, spoke with WESH 2 News from their home in Edgewater. They learned Tuesday, that Brooks’ niece, Casasanta’s granddaughter, Holly Marie, is alive and well and now 42 years old and living in Oklahoma. They had a Zoom call reunion. “I kept thinking, I used to hold her as a little baby, you know,” Casasanta said. “And I just wanted to put my arms around her.” Holly Marie is the daughter of Harold Dean Clouse, Jr. who was Casasanta’s son and Brooks’ brother. They called him Junior. Junior, with his wife Tina Gail Linn Clouse and then-infant daughter Holly Marie, moved from New Smyrna Beach to Texas in 1980 and vanished later that year. “You would see someone in a store, ‘is that Junior?’ But it was never, of course, ”Brooks said. They knew nothing of their loved ones for more than four decades. Then last year, they learned the bodies of a couple found murdered near Houston back in 1981 were Junior and his wife Tina. “It’s very heartbreaking knowing that they had been killed that long ago and we never knew it. The bodies just dumped in the woods, ”Brooks said.Genetic genealogy linked the murder victims to their families, but baby Holly wasn’t with their remains. Recently, the Texas Attorney General’s cold case unit located in Holly. Thursday afternoon, they said baby Holly was left at a church in Arizona by members of a nomadic religious group and later adopted. The adoptive family is not suspect in anything. “We wish Holly the best,” said Brent Webster with the Texas Attorney General’s office. “We’re grateful that we found her but we must continue with our purpose of finding who murdered this couple.” Those are answers Brooks and Casasanta want too, but they are rejoicing that Holly’s been found. “I said, ‘oh my God , this is a gift from heaven. ‘ It’s Junior’s birthday. I was just so ecstatic, ”Casasanta said. They hope to meet Holly in person soon when Holly is ready. ”She’s a little overwhelmed. She needs time to process all this, ”Brooks said.Because the investigation is so active right now, the Texas Attorney General’s office says there are a lot of details they can’t release but that they are working hard to put all the pieces together to aid in the search for justice.

An infant who disappeared after her parents were murdered 42 years ago is alive and well.

The family had just moved to Texas from Volusia County when their bodies were found in a wooded area back in 1981.

The baby, a little girl named Holly, was nowhere to be found.

The couple was finally identified in 2021, and Holly was found this week.

RELATED: In 1981, a Florida couple was killed and their infant daughter vanished. She was just found alive and well

“I’m like, oh my gosh! We found her! We found her, ”said Debbie Brooks, Holly’s aunt.

Brooks, along with her mother Donna Casasanta, spoke with WESH 2 News from their home in Edgewater.

They learned Tuesday, that Brooks’ niece, Casasanta’s granddaughter, Holly Marie, is alive and well and now 42 years old and living in Oklahoma. They had a Zoom call reunion.

“I kept thinking, I used to hold her as a little baby, you know,” Casasanta said. “And I just wanted to put my arms around her.”

Holly Marie is the daughter of Harold Dean Clouse, Jr. who was Casasanta’s son and Brooks’ brother. They called him Junior.

Junior, with his wife Tina Gail Linn Clouse and then-infant daughter Holly Marie, moved from New Smyrna Beach to Texas in 1980 and vanished later that year.

“You would see someone in a store, ‘is that Junior?’ But it was never, of course, ”Brooks said.

They knew nothing of their loved ones for more than four decades. Then last year, they learned the bodies of a couple found murdered near Houston back in 1981 were Junior and his wife Tina.

“It’s very heartbreaking knowing that they had been killed that long ago and we never knew it. The bodies just dumped in the woods, ”Brooks said.

Genetic genealogy linked to the murder victims to their families, but baby Holly wasn’t with their remains. Recently, the Texas Attorney General’s cold case unit located in Holly.

Thursday afternoon, they said baby Holly was left at a church in Arizona by members of a nomadic religious group and later adopted. The adoptive family is not suspect in anything.

“We wish Holly the best,” said Brent Webster, the Texas Attorney General’s office. “We’re grateful that we found her but we must continue with our purpose of finding who murdered this couple.”

Those are answers Brooks and Casasanta want too, but they are rejoicing that Holly’s been found.

“I said, ‘oh my God, this is a gift from heaven.’ It’s Junior’s birthday. I was just so ecstatic, ”Casasanta said.

They hope to meet Holly soon in person when Holly is ready.

“She’s a little overwhelmed. She needs time to process all this, ”Brooks said.

Because the investigation is so active right now, the Texas Attorney General’s office says there are a lot of details they can’t release but that they are working hard to put all the pieces together to aid in the search for justice.

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