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Murders of Baby Holly’s missing parents became unknown as killers claimed to be members of a cult

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The murders of Baby Holly’s missing parents 40 years ago became fully known to the rest of her biological family because a mysterious group of religious women in “white robes” told them that the trio had joined a cult and did not want to be found. be, DailyMail .com may reveal.

Holly was miraculously found alive in Oklahoma 40 years after she went missing.

Her parents were Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Gail Linn, who were brutally murdered in Houston, Texas in 1980, but whose bodies remained unidentified until last year.

Holly is now in touch with her biological aunts and uncles who for years thought she and her parents didn’t want to be reached or found.

The extraordinary sequence of events began when Harold, Tina and Holly, then a baby, moved from Florida to Texas for work in the early 1980s. The last time their relatives heard from them was in a letter in late 1980.

A few months later, Harold’s mother Donna Cassanta received a call from a woman in California who said she had the car she gave her son to move to Texas with.

The woman called herself Sister Susan and offered to drive him back to Florida in exchange for $1,000.

Once there, she told Donna that Harold, Tina, and baby Holly were all alive but had joined a religious cult and didn’t want to be approached.

Harold Dean Clouse, 21, and Tina Gail (Linn) Clouse, 17, (pictured with their one-year-old daughter Holly Marie) were found dead in a wooded area in Houston, Texas, in January 1981 — at the time, their identities were unknown.

Harold was involved in a cult before meeting Tina, so the family believed what the women said.

In reality, Harold and Tina had been brutally murdered and dumped in a forest in the late 1980s and Holly had been kidnapped alive.

She was dropped off at an Arizona church by the religious women, and raised safely and happily by an adoptive family.

She found out what happened to her birth parents this week as a result of an investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the newly formed cold case unit, which picked up the case at the request of genealogist Allison Peacock.

Peacock and her colleague Misty Gillis had successfully identified Harold and Tina using genetic sequencing.

They contacted Harold’s family, who immediately asked them, “What happened to baby Holly?”

Baby Holly is shown at eight months old before she and her parents moved from Florida to Texas

Baby Holly is shown at eight months old before she and her parents moved from Florida to Texas

Holly Marie Clouse (pictured as a baby) was a baby when her parents Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Gail Clouse disappeared in the late 1980s while moving from Florida to Texas

Now, more than four decades later, Holly (pictured) is reconnected with her biological family

Holly Marie Clouse (pictured as a baby) was a baby when her parents Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Gail Clouse disappeared in the late 1980s while moving from Florida to Texas

In an interview with DailyMail.com on Friday, Peacock revealed her shock to learn that the couple – dubbed “The Houston Does” – had a child who went missing.

“These evil people who killed them took Dean’s car back to Florida and tried to extort Donna $1k, so they didn’t just kill him, they wiped him out.

‘They said ‘don’t even look for him’

“On the one hand I had answered a prayer for her, but the next words out of her mouth were ‘what about the baby?’ I said, “What baby?”

“The implications hit my brain so hard. You understand right away that they have a baby, so the implication that the killers must have taken the baby,” she said.

The Texas Attorney General’s office is still investigating the murders and is eager to find those responsible – even if they are dead.

Holly has not spoken out publicly since her identification, but she is in contact with the families of her biological parents and they hope to meet in person soon.

Harold and Tina hadn't been married very long when they welcomed Holly.  Then they moved to Texas for work

Harold and Tina hadn’t been married very long when they welcomed Holly. Then they moved to Texas for work

The Texas Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit went looking for Holly (pictured as a baby) after officials confirmed Harold and Tina's identities earlier this year.

The Texas Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit went looking for Holly (pictured as a baby) after officials confirmed Harold and Tina’s identities earlier this year.

Dean's mother Donna is taken to the site where her son and daughter-in-law were found dead in 1981

Dean’s mother Donna is taken to the site where her son and daughter-in-law were found dead in 1981

Harold's mother Donna with genealogist Allison Peacock and Tina's brother Les at The Paupers' Cemetery in Houston, Texas, where they are buried

Harold’s mother Donna with genealogist Allison Peacock and Tina’s brother Les at The Paupers’ Cemetery in Houston, Texas, where they are buried

It’s unclear how much she knew about her upbringing.

She was pursued by “old-fashioned police work” once authorities learned that Harold and Tina had a child.

What specifically led police to her is unclear; she was not identified using genealogy as her parents were.

“The odds of finding the baby seemed grim, because it was 40 years ago. I started campaigning – I knew they were putting together a new cold case unit and we were lucky because they needed a first case. They grabbed it and ran away with it.

“How they found Hollie wasn’t DNA—it was such a fluke. It was strictly at the research level. I could never have predicted it,” Peacock said.

The Texas AG office has not disclosed how they found her, for fear of jeopardizing the investigation into who killed and took her parents.

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