Dean and Tina Linn Clouse Memorial Fund

 
 
Our project gets a new name! Due to the discovery of the child born Holly Marie Clouse by the Texas Attorney General's Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit this week, the families of Dean and Tina Linn Clouse now turn their focus to helping other families.

The Hope for Holly DNA Project was established by FHD Forensics founding genealogist Allison Peacock to help the family of Holly Marie Clouse locate their missing loved one.  Holly Clouse was last seen in 1980 when she and her parents moved to Texas where her father, Dean Clouse was offered a job in construction. 

Dean and his wife, Tina were found murdered on January 12, 1981 in a heavily wooded area 100 feet south of Wallisville Road in Houston, Texas. Their one year old daughter, Holly Marie was not found with them.

This fundraiser formerly named the Hope for Holly DNA Project is now the Dean and Tina Linn Clouse Memorial Fund. The administrator is Family History Detectives®, the fundraising vehicle of FHD Forensics, a provider of genetic genealogy services to law enforcement agencies. 

The DNA identification of Dean and Tina paved the way for the family to tell Holly's story and get law enforcement involved in their search for her.

“We will never be able to express our gratitude and feelings about finally knowing what happened to my beautiful sister; but if that miracle can be extended to others then we want to help do everything that can be done for other Does and their families,” explained Tina’s sister Sherry Green. 

FHD Forensics has several medical examiners with unidentified John and Jane Does that need identifying, just like Dean and Tina did for 40  years. We're turning this fundraiser into something that will help us help other victims of crimes and accidents whose families await word. Dean and Tina's families want to help #namethenameless.

Your donation to the Dean and Tina Linn Clouse Memorial Fund will go directly to supporting a law enforcement genetic genealogy investigation that needs funding. Dean and Tina's families want to return a missing loved one to their own families. Thank you for your support.
 
 
 
 
The couple remained unidentified, known online as the "Harris County Does" until October 2021 when the science of whole genome sequencing and the investigative discipline of genetic genealogy were used to finally give them back their identities. Allison identified Tina while serving as a contract genealogist for Identifinders International. Her former colleague, Misty Gillis identified Dean.

The identification of Dean and Tina Linn Clouse alerted law enforcement to the fact that at the time of their deaths they had a one year old daughter. Holly Marie Clouse hasn’t been seen since late 1980. Resources and tactics for cases this cold were limited; so the family determined to go out and find the leads themselves.
 
The Clouse and Linn families have all tested with AncestryDNA in hopes that spreading the word will inspire Holly to test and find them. In the midst of this search several potential Hollys have written in for help, wondering if they might be Holly Marie. After hearing their stories, we couldn’t turn our backs on them.
 
The surprising response from women who want to be tested to see if they might be Holly Marie Clouse has inspired the families to launch a special project in her honor to assist possible victims of uncertain childhoods learn more about their true identities. One of the women, Andrea explained her experience:

"If it weren't for Tina, Dean, Holly and their families I would have never gotten answers to so many questions that have loomed over me my entire life.  I will forever be grateful for this experience. Even though I was not their missing Holly, I can now rest at night knowing the truth that was buried and long hidden has been revealed. For this reason, this family will always be held very closely in my heart."
 
The original donations to the Hope for Holly Fund,  will help spread the story of the search for Holly, as well as to help people who do not know who they are or where they truly came from discover their true backgrounds. Funds will be used to cover the cost of DNA tests, press release distribution fees, podcast production costs, travel expenses, genealogist stipends, and other expenses I'm currently incurring to try and help Holly's family be reunited with her. A visit to Tina and Dean's grave in the spring is planned. I'd love to help all the family members that want to be there travel to Texas.

Now renamed the Dean and Tina Linn Clouse Memorial Fund, 100% of the proceeds donated after June 15, 2022 will go to fund a law enforcement unidentified remains case.

"My son and his lovely Tina laid their unknown for more than 40 years. I want to help prevent this for another family," said Holly's grandmother and Dean's mother, Donna.

Thank you to our amazing evening news journalist, Xavier Walton of KHOU-TV for the excellent video above, courtesy of KHOU's YouTube channel.
 
 
*Please Note: If you think you might be the victim of child abduction or trafficking, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (-843-5678).
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