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Holly’s body was found decomposing in her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. He fled the country, but was eventually convicted of her murder.

Helen “Holly” Maddux. Image from Unsolved Mysteries Wiki / CC-BY-SA

This writing is part of a continuing series on cold cases linked to domestic violence. Cases are taken from Unsolved Mysteries.

The case of Holly Maddux is on season 8, episode 7 of Unsolved Mysteries.

For legal purposes, the “husband” in this case was charged with crimes against his partner. He was charged with first-degree murder and given a life sentence in 2002. I have no physical evidence of domestic violence, only circumstantial evidence, the narrative given to us by those involved, and extensive knowledge on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. …

Missing since June 27, 1998.

Patrece “Trecey” Lashelle Alston. Image from The Doe Network

The narrative around the disappearance of 19-year-old Patrece “Trecey” Lashelle Alston has become distorted over the years, and many online reports include incorrect facts. According to local newspaper articles from around the date that Trecey went missing, the following timeline has been established:

On Saturday, June 27, 1998, Trecey had plans with her good friend, a well-off mortician named Lucious Boyd. (Multiple online reports claim that the two were not romantically involved, however, many newspaper articles from the late 90’s and early 00’s repeatedly state otherwise. Ultimately, in a 1999 article, her mother claims that the two were not dating…

Missing since March 7, 1988.

Tina Marie Finley. Image from KXLY

25-year-old Tina Marie Finley (age alternatively listed as 26-years-old and 24-years-old), a member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, was last seen on March 7, 1988 at the Circle H Saloon in Tensed, Idaho, grabbing a ride home to Plummer about 15 minutes away (other sources claim the date was March 8, 1988). She had been party-hopping around the area that night starting at a pool tournament in Plummer, continuing at a Tensed bar and a party in DeSmet, and finally ending at the Saloon. An unnamed male acquaintance there had agreed to drive her home and he claims that he…

Missing since November 4, 1991.

Lisa Dianne Jameson. Image from Arizona Republic

23-year-old Lisa Dianne Jameson finished her overnight shift at Motay Electronics on November 4, 1991, and then dropped off a co-worker at McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard at about 7:15 a.m. That was the last time she was seen or heard from. Her husband, Alan Jameson, reported her missing when she didn’t come home from work later that morning.

On December 2, about a month later, Lisa’s car was found abandoned in the Pleasure World parking lot on Washington Street in Phoenix, Arizona. Employees claimed that it had been sitting there since around November 22nd, 10 days earlier.

Most reports…

Missing since August 13, 1974.

Francis Loretta Heath Wells. Image from Web Sleuths

On August 13, 1974, 45-year-old Francis Loretta Heath Wells reportedly boarded a Trailways bus in Crossett, Arkansas to visit family in El Paso, Texas, but there is no evidence that she actually arrived at her destination. A few days later her unclaimed luggage was returned to family by the bus company.

Unnamed family members now claim that they reported her missing in 1974, however authorities claim there is no evidence to show that anyone reported Francis missing. It’s unclear, then, how her disappearance became known to police.

There are absolutely no other details available on her case, and it remains…

Missing since the 1990's.

Emmaline Gray. Image from NamUs

The exact timeline around the disappearance of 29-year-old Emmaline Gray (first name alternatively listed as “Emmalene” and “Emaline” and age additionally reported as 30–33 years) is unclear and multiple sources have contradicting dates of last contact. NamUs claims that she went missing January 1, 1990, The Charley Project lists her disappearance as occurring on March 5, 1991, and both offer up a possible alternate date of last contact as February 1992.

The other details in her case are established, however. The night she went missing, Emmaline finished her shift as manager at the Pizza Hut in Bowling Green, Virginia, and…

Found dead on August 12, 1988.

Patricia Gambles. Image from Project Cold Case Database

21-year-old Patricia Gambles was last seen out shopping with friends and co-workers in Worthington Springs, Florida on August 11, 1988. Her lifeless body was found the next day in a wooded area near County Road 131, partially unclothed and wrapped in plastic and a green blanket. She had been raped and then strangled.

Police have not been able to identify any suspects despite conducting several interviews with witnesses and potential suspects. Her case remains unsolved.

Patricia is described as “bright and vivacious" in a Facebook post, but there are no other records for a woman with that name living in Florida at that time.

If you have any information on the rape and murder of Patricia Gambles, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (386)752-9212.

Murdered on August 9, 1988.

Sanjuana “Juana” Moreno. Image from Project Cold Case Database

24-year-old Sanjuana “Juana” Moreno was stabbed to death in Wharton, Texas on August 9, 1988. There is no other information available on her case, and it remains unsolved.

Murdered on July 10, 1995.

Annette Latonya Douglas. Image from Project Cold Case Database

On July 10, 1995, 32-year-old Annette Latonya Douglas was murdered at 1728 North Myrtle Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida.

Annette was born in Duval County, Florida, the same county where she was found murdered. There are absolutely no details available on her or her case. It remains unsolved.

If you have any information on the murder of Annette Latonya Douglas, please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904)630–1200.

Succumbed to her injuries on April 18, 1988.

Doris Ann Rosales Galindo. Image from

On March 23, 1988, 21-year-old Doris Ann Rosales Galindo (name alternatively listed as “Doris Rosales” and “Doris Ann Galindo”) was raped and shot in her Houston, Texas apartment during the commission of a robbery. Her 28-year-old unnamed roommate was also raped and shot.

On April 18, 1988, Doris succumbed to her injuries at a Houston hospital. Her roommate survived the attack. No arrests were made at the time and any suspects, if known, were not announced to the public. Doris’ case remains unsolved.

Doris was born in Yoakum to Judy Maciel and Pablo Rosales, Sr., and grew up with one…

Ashley Kay

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