HOPE For Holly:
Recovering a Lost Child

The Hope for Holly DNA Project was established to help the family of Holly Marie Clouse locate their missing loved one using the science of DNA. In the midst of the search for the daughter of two 1981 Texas murder victims, several woman – potential “Hollys” – have come to us for help determining whether they might be this missing child. And if not her, who are they?

We’re helping them while we spread Holly’s story.



The name for the Hope for Holly DNA Project was coined by Holly’s aunt, Theresa Welch, Dean Clouse’s sister:

“That’s how I feel towards Holly now. I want so much to be able to embrace her and never let her go. And we want these other women who have questions to be able to embrace who they truly are as individuals with the help of DNA.”

Who is Holly Marie Clouse?

The missing child of murder victims inspires a movement

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