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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.

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. …

Found dead on August 12, 1988.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Murdered on July 28, 1991.

19-year-old Patricia Villarreal was stabbed in Oakland, California on July 28, 1991. Authorities have ruled her death a homicide, but no details are publicly available on her case. It remains unsolved.

Missing since December 20, 2005.

On December 20, 2005, 25-year-old Jessica Michelle Lowery left her home in Lumberton, North Carolina at about 3 a.m. and then disappeared. She was last seen walking along Beam Road on Bolinger Avenue. There are no more publicly available details on the circumstances around her disappearance.

In 2019, the Robeson County Police Department highlighted Jessica in their weekly “cold case spotlight” initiative. Her case remains unsolved.

Murdered on July 8, 1995.

44-year-old Juanita Jimenez Cardenas was murdered by strangulation in Dinuba, California on July 8, 1995 (some records alternatively indicate her DOD was July 13, July 15, or July 7 of that year).

There are no details on the circumstances around Juanita’s murder, nor any on the investigation. Her case remains unsolved.

Missing since October 1, 1975.

On October 1, 1975, a 22-year-old woman named Carola Yvonne Davenport was seen with her boyfriend on the 7200 block of Devon Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then disappeared, leaving behind her twin infant children, her clothing, and her car.

Four months later, in February 1976, she was finally reported missing. It is unclear why it took so long to contact authorities about Carola’s disappearance. There are no publicly available details on the investigation and her case remains unsolved.

Carola was born in Pennsylvania and attended Plymouth - Whitemarsh High School.

If you have any information on the disappearance or whereabouts of Carola Yvonne Davenport, please contact the Philadelphia Police Department at (215)686-3093.

Missing since September 13, 2010.

On September 13, 2010, Linwood Earl McCullen (first name alternatively spelled “Lynwood”) left his wife, 48-year-old Teresa Darlene McCullen, at their home on Old Grantham Road in Goldsboro, North Carolina to attend the funeral of a friend. When he returned at around 4:30 p.m. she was gone and she has not been seen since.

Although Teresa had a driver’s license at the time, she didn’t have access to a vehicle so it is unclear how she might have gone missing on her own. She was known to disappear occasionally, but she has never been gone for such a long period…

Ashley Kay

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