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Old 11-30-2008, 08:03 PM
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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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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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Name: Herman Holladay Jr
Death Date: 24 Nov 1986
Death County: Tarrant
Gender: Male
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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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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

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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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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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