"God kept me safe and protected all these years, and I just wanted you to know that," Holly Miller said.
Over 40 years ago, Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr. a young couple from Lewisville, Texas mysteriously disappeared along with their young daughter, 1-year-old daughter, Holly Marie Clouse. Harold's mother Donna Casasanta was given the heartbreaking news that her son and his wife were missing and a set of bodies matching their description were found in the woods in 1981. The bodies were identified as Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr. through genetic testing only in 2021. Many presumed baby Holly to be dead but Casasanta and the family never stopped searching for her. As we reported earlier, "Baby Holly" was identified finally as being alive and well at the age of 42. She was left at a church in Arizona, where she was later adopted by her adoptive parents. She finally got to meet up with her family after more than 4 decades.
"Baby Holly has been located alive and well," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced, reported TODAY. Holly recently made contact with her biological family virtually and, thanks to the help from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, arrangements were made for them to meet in person. "I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it," said Holly's grandmother, Donna. "We have found Holly.”
Inside the Investigation that Found Holly Marie Clouse 40 Years After She Vanished and Parents Were Murdered https://t.co/9XiGIVLS47— People (@people) June 16, 2022
Baby Holly, now an adult woman and a mother of five living in Oklahoma, reunited with her family who never knew when they would see her again. According to Good Morning America, as she hugged her paternal grandmother for the first time, she said "I love you. ... Thank you for all your prayers. God kept me safe and protected all these years, and I just wanted you to know that." Her grandmother told her, overcome with emotion, "We never gave up on you." "Never give up, God never gives up on us," Holly responded during the emotional reunion.
“I am so wonderfully blessed to have a loving, faithful family to embrace as we meet again after 41 years. My heart is overwhelmed with joy and sadness. Joy to get to know my parents' family who have been praying and searching for me," Holly Miller told ABC News in a statement. "Sadness for our loss of my parents and the time we could have shared together. I am hopeful for many more gatherings with my newfound family to embrace one another and share memories together."
The questions about Dean and Tina's death remain unanswered. Tina Gail Linn Clouse, 17, and Harold Dean Clouse Jr., 21, had last been seen by family before they left their home in Volusia County, Florida so Dean could pursue carpentry work in Texas. In 1980 or 1981 a woman called "Sister Susan" had rung up the missing couple's family to inform them that they had joined a religious group and wanted no further contact with their families.
The investigation into the murders of Holly’s biological parents, Tina and Dean Clouse, is ongoing and, if anyone has information about their deaths, they are requested to kindly contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at email@example.com.
Holly Marie Clouse, who reportedly was left at a church as a baby by robed religious followers, was found after her family's cold-case murder was reopened. https://t.co/wyZjNICMiQ— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 10, 2022
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