On January 14, 1981 the skeletonized remains of a young man and woman were discovered in a densely wooded area off Wallisville Road in Houston, Texas. They had been brutally murdered. With no clues as to their who they were and little to go on, the trail went cold and remained that way for another 40 years. Harris County law enforcement called them ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and when the internet exploded with Doe websites and true crime Wikis, they were soon called ‘The Harris County Does.’
Forensic artist Mary Mize created these depictions of the unknown couple on January 14, the day they were found.
Like so many thousands of other unidentified crime and accident victims in this country, the couples’ identities remained a mystery for decades. The loved ones they left behind, who desperately wanted word of their whereabouts, remained in the dark. Late night Facebook searches, double-takes on the freeway and in the grocery store were all for naught. The young couple had just vanished. Through it all, they prayed that one day they might see them again or at least learn what had happened to them.
In January 2022, on the 41st anniversary of their discovery, the identifications of Harold Dean Clouse, Jr and his wife, the former Tina Gail Linn were announced to the world. Perhaps most shocking of all was the plea from the families about the couple’s infant daughter, Holly Marie. When genealogist Allison Peacock called Dean’s sister to notify her of their identification through the use of investigative genetic genealogy, she was asked, “What about their daughter?”
With the help of FHD Forensics’ and its Hope for Holly DNA Project, the Lewisville Police Department, Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit, Volusia County Sheriff, and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the families soon launched a search for their missing granddaughter and niece. With the utterly miraculous discovery of Holly alive and well in June, 2022, FHD’s Hope For Holly DNA Project became a memorial fund in her parents’ names.