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    quest Is She Still Missing ?? Helen Holladay, 1979

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    July 26, 1996

    Edition: FINAL AM
    Section: METRO
    Page: 2
    Topics:
    Index Terms:
    Missing Persons
    Search continues in case of Hood County woman missing since '79
    Author: BILL HANNA; Star-Telegram Writer
    Article Text:
    Nearly 17 years ago, Helen Holladay disappeared from her
    weekend home along the shores of Lake Granbury after neighbors
    reported seeing her in a bloody struggle with her husband,
    Herman Holladay.
    Since she was last seen Sept. 29, 1979, Hood County residents
    have speculated that she could have been killed and that her
    remains could be at the bottom of Lake Granbury in the family's
    missing 1973 pickup.
    She was declared dead in 1986. Her husband died a year later.
    Now, with the help of a Department of Public Safety helicopter
    and a new tip, investigators hope to find the pickup that may
    be resting at the bottom of the lake.
    "We have some information about where to look on the lake,"
    said Hood County Sheriff Rodney Jeanis. "It's just a situation
    we want to take a look at and hope it leads us somewhere."
    That information, combined with the lake's unusually low level,
    gives investigators optimism that they may find the truck,
    Jeanis said. But the first helicopter search Wednesday was
    unsuccessful.
    "Wouldn't you know it, that's the one day it was too windy to
    see anything," Jeanis said. "With the lake being down, you can
    find all kinds of things down there, but you must know where to
    look. We'll be trying again in the next few days to see what we
    can see."
    Authorities said Holladay had a fight with her husband before
    she vanished. Neighbors told deputies that the attack was so
    violent that Holladay forced her bleeding hand through a glass
    window on the door of the family's recreational vehicle and
    called for help.
    "There have been reports that the lady had fisticuffs back and
    forth with her husband," Jeanis said. "That could have played a
    part in all of this and that's something we would like to
    know."
    Holladay, who was 45 when she disappeared, never used her
    credit cards or cashed a paycheck in her purse after her
    disappearance, authorities said. Investigators also checked her
    social security number and determined that it had not been used
    since she was reported missing.
    The search is being focused on Whippoorwill Bay, where
    Holladay's weekend residence was located, Jeanis said.
    "We have a pretty specific area to search," he said. "Of
    course, currents can shift things and it could have moved over
    time. But that's the nature of these types of cases, you hit a
    lot snags and dead-ends but you keep trying."

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Name: Herman T Jr Holladay
    Gender: Male
    Marriage Date: 10 Feb 1973
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1931
    Age: 42

    Spouse: Helen E Tatum
    Spouse Gender: Female
    Spouse Est Birth Year: abt 1935
    Spouse Age: 38

    Marriage County: Tarrant
    Marriage State: Texas

    Source: Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2002

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Is She Still Missing ?? Helen Holladay, 1979

    Name: Herman Holladay Jr
    Death Date: 24 Nov 1986
    Death County: Tarrant
    Gender: Male

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Here's a gen records for Helen E Tatum (I also find early marriage and birth records for Texas for her). The date of death that is listed, is the exact last day Helen E (Tatum) Holladay was seen alive. The family likely doesn't acknowledge her 2nd marriage, since he was the person of interest/had beaten her....

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    ID: I98665789
    Name: Helen Elizabeth TATUM
    Given Name: Helen Elizabeth
    Surname: Tatum
    Sex: F
    Birth: 22-Feb-1934
    Death: 29-Sep-1979

    Father: William Audry TATUM b: 19-Mar-1907
    Mother: Theola Elizabeth BAILEY b: 15-May-1907

    Marriage 1 Living BOATWRIGHT
    Children
    Living BOATWRIGHT
    Living BOATWRIGHT

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Name: Helen Elizabeth Tatum
    Date of Birth: 22 Feb 1934
    Gender: Female
    Birth County: Erath
    Father's Name: William A Tatum JR.
    Mother's Name: Theola Elizabeth Bailey
    Roll Number: 1934_0008


    Her Daughters from Earlier Marriage:

    Karen Darlene Boatwright 28 Jul 1953 Erath Oran Wade Boatwright Helen Elizabeth Tatum

    Sharen Carlene Boatwright 23 Oct 1958 Tarrant Oran Wade Boatwright Helen Elizabeth Tatum


    Oran's death:

    Name: Oran Boatwright
    Death Date: 11 Jun 1972
    Death County: Erath
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Single

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    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    July 26, 1996
    Edition: FINAL AM
    Section: METRO
    Page: 2



    Topics:
    Index Terms:
    Missing Persons




    Search continues in case of Hood County woman missing since '79

    Author: BILL HANNA; Star-Telegram Writer











    Article Text:
    Nearly 17 years ago, Helen Holladay disappeared from her weekend home along the shores of Lake Granbury after neighbors reported seeing her in a bloody struggle with her husband, Herman Holladay.
    Since she was last seen Sept. 29, 1979, Hood County residents have speculated that she could have been killed and that her remains could be at the bottom of Lake Granbury in the family's missing 1973 pickup.
    She was declared dead in 1986. Her husband died a year later.
    Now, with the help of a Department of Public Safety helicopter and a new tip, investigators hope to find the pickup that may be resting at the bottom of the lake.
    "We have some information about where to look on the lake," said Hood County Sheriff Rodney Jeanis. "It's just a situation we want to take a look at and hope it leads us somewhere."
    That information, combined with the lake's unusually low level, gives investigators optimism that they may find the truck, Jeanis said. But the first helicopter search Wednesday was unsuccessful.
    "Wouldn't you know it, that's the one day it was too windy to see anything," Jeanis said. "With the lake being down, you can find all kinds of things down there, but you must know where to look. We'll be trying again in the next few days to see what we can see."
    Authorities said Holladay had a fight with her husband before she vanished. Neighbors told deputies that the attack was so violent that Holladay forced her bleeding hand through a glass window on the door of the family's recreational vehicle and called for help.
    "There have been reports that the lady had fisticuffs back and forth with her husband," Jeanis said. "That could have played a part in all of this and that's something we would like to know."
    Holladay, who was 45 when she disappeared, never used her credit cards or cashed a paycheck in her purse after her disappearance, authorities said. Investigators also checked her social security number and determined that it had not been used since she was reported missing.
    The search is being focused on Whippoorwill Bay, where Holladay's weekend residence was located, Jeanis said.
    "We have a pretty specific area to search," he said. "Of course, currents can shift things and it could have moved over time. But that's the nature of these types of cases, you hit a lot snags and dead-ends but you keep trying."

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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/24...y-report-says/

    The skeletal remains found inside a truck recovered from a North Texas lake belongs to Helen Holladay, a woman who disappeared 35 years ago after an argument with her husband, authorities told FoxNews.com
    The Hood County Sheriff's office said Thursday that investigators were able to confirm the discovery by dental records.
    A passer-by discovered the partially exposed 1970s-model Chevy truck last week in Lake Granbury after the lake's water level dropped, thanks to the state's ongoing drought, and revealed a portion of the vehicle. The truck was found far away from any road or parking lot near the lake, and investigators "don't believe it was an accident," Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said.
    While inspecting the truck's cab, investigators found human skeletal remains, pieces of clothing and a purse containing objects with Helen Holladay's name on them. Holladay was 45 years old when she disappeared in September 1979. Her husband, Herman, was a suspect in her disappearance but was never charged. He has since died.
    Deputies had responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at the Holladays' house the night she went missing in September 1979. Witnesses reported seeing Helen Holladay leaving the house, though there was not enough evidence to charge her husband, Deeds said.
    The truck was discovered Thursday by a Granbury city worker.
    Deeds noted that investigators searched the lake numerous times following Holladay's disappearance, but the murky waters and the fact that the truck was covered in silt made it nearly impossible for divers to see. But Texas' record-breaking drought has brought the lake to its lowest levels in years.
    Initial inspection of the skeletal remains revealed no signs of trauma, but detectives can't yet say whether foul play was involved in her death, Deeds said.
    "It's still too early in the investigation to rule in one direction or the other," he said, adding that a forensic investigator with the University of North Texas at Denton is expected to inspect the remains.

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