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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2009, 10:03:11 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2009, 09:27:22 AM »

http://news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=251148

Inks Lake body identified as missing Llano County woman
9/1/2009 7:55 AM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

Llano County officials have identified a body found in Inks Lake in early July.

According to the Llano County Sheriff's Office, the body has been identified as 48-year-old Holly Marie Simmons, whose death has been ruled a homicide.

Simmons was reported missing under suspicious circumstances from her home in Buchanan Dam in November 2006.

The sheriff's office and the Texas Rangers have been investigating her disappearance since that time.

The Llano County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers and LCRA Law Enforcement responded to a call of possible human remains in Inks Lake July 7 after recreational divers found the remains at the bottom of the lake, under the Highway 29 bridge.

Two days later, the Texas Department of Public Safety Dive Team recovered the remains and confirmed they were human.
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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2009, 09:34:20 AM »

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2009/09/01/body_in_inks_lake_identified_a.html

Body found in Inks Lake identified as missing person

By Isadora Vail | Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 07:48 AM


Holly Marie Simmons

The remains of a person recovered from Inks Lake on July 9 have been identified as Holly Marie Simmons, who was reported missing about two years ago from Buchanan Dam in Llano County, the Llano County sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Simmons, who was 46 at the time of her disappearance, was reported as missing under suspicious circumstances from her home in the 200 block of Cortez Trail in November 2006. The sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers have been investigating the case since then.

The remains were found by recreational divers July 7 near the Texas 29 bridge, the statement said.

Divers from the Department of Public Safety retrieved the remains and confirmed them as human, the statement said. The remains were taken to the Travis County medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, and authorities continue to investigate the case as a homicide, it said.
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2009, 09:41:42 AM »

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/mobile/Deputies_ID_body_found_in_lake

Deputies ID body found
in lake
Investigators investigating as a
homicide


Updated: Tuesday, 01 Sep 2009, 7:56 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 01 Sep 2009, 7:55 AM CDT

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Holly Marie Simmons

Inks Lake near where body was found

Bank of Inks Lake near where body was found

Inks Lake Bridge and lake bank, near where body was found

LLANO COUNTY (KXAN) - The Llano County Sheriff’s Office has identified a body found at the bottom of Inks Lake in July as Holly Marie

Simmons, 48.

Simmons’ body was found on July 7 by some recreational divers under the Hwy 29 Bridge. Two days later, a dive team from the Department of Public Safety was able to recover the badly decomposed remains.

The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies say the medical examiner was able to identify the body as that of Simmons’ using dental records.

In a news release sent Tuesday, Llano County Chief Deputy John Neff said Simmons was reported missing under suspicious circumstances from her home on Cortez Trail near Buchanan Dam in November, 2006. They have ruled Simmons’ death as a homicide.

No arrests have been made.
 
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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2009, 09:50:43 AM »

From the Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons website: (but now she's found)  an angelic monkey

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/MPCH/mpdetails.asp?id=%27M12/6/200611:25:00AM%27

Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse Online Bulletin
Missing Person Details

  Date Picture Updated: 12/6/2006

Name: Holly Marie Simmons
AKA: Holly McLeod, Holly Wishman, Holly Cardwell
Case Number: M0612005
Case Type: Involuntary
Last Seen in: Buchanan Dam (Llano County)
Last Seen on: 11/28/2006
Height: 5' 5 "
Weight: 150 lbs.
Age Missing: 45
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Date of Birth: 12/25/1960
Race: White
Sex: Female
State Missing From: Texas
Country Missing From: USA
Circumstances: Ms. Simmons has a scar on her right arm. She was last seen wearing a pink night gown with blue flowers and no shoes.
   

You can contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at :

Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Texas Department of Public Safety
P O Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0422
Phone: (512) 424-5074
Helpline: (800) 346-3243

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« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2009, 10:21:21 AM »

YESSSSSSS!! Thanks MUFFY! How sad....all this time 
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« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2009, 01:22:56 PM »

It took a while to find her.  I hope it won't take as long to find who was responsible and bring them in to answer for it.  Hoping there will be justice for Holly Marie Simmons. 
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2009, 08:15:19 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories/090109kvue_Inks_Lake_body_folo-cb.13974a576.html

Basically same info, but here is a different photo:

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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2009, 11:58:04 PM »

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/mobile/deputies_name_woman_found_in_inks_lake
Deputies name woman
found in Inks Lake
Death is considered to be a murder

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Sep 2009, 6:52 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 01 Sep 2009, 6:52 PM CDT

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    * Shane Allen

Former home of homicide victim Holly Simmons, 45, at 210 Cortez Trail in Buchanan Dam, Texas (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)


LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - The Llano County Sheriff’s Office identified a body found at the bottom of Inks Lake in July as Holly Marie Simmons, who disappeared in 2006. She was 45.

Simmons’ body was found in early July by some recreational divers under the Highway 29 bridge. A couple of days later, a dive team from the Department of Public Safety was able to recover the badly decomposed remains.

Officials sent the body to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office , where sheriff’s deputies said the medical examiner was able to identify the body as that of Simmons’ using dental records.

A former neighbor, Ron Harris, said many in the area thought she just left without telling anyone.

"Well, we didn't see her around for a while," Harris said. Then over on the Exxon station on 261, I noticed there was a marker put up on the door saying, 'Have you seen this woman?'"

Llano County Chief Deputy John Neff said Simmons was reported missing under suspicious circumstances from her home on Cortez Trail near Buchanan Dam in November 2006. They have ruled Simmons’ death as a homicide.

Simmons' two teenage daughters reported her missing when they arrived at their Buchanan Dam home after school.
One of those girls was the last person to see her, when her mother dropped her off at the school bus stop.

Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said such an old case will be difficult to solve, but the discovery of the body also provided new clues.

"We do know how she died, but we're not divulging that at this time," Blackburn said. "Her vehicle, cell phone, keys were all home, but she was not. More than likely, it was probably someone she knew."

No arrests have been made. The sheriff urges anyone with information about this case to call his office at 325-247-5767.

Harris said the news brought up a mystery many had put past them. Now he wants answers.

"Well, yes for sure," he said, "and certainly for the daughters, so there's some resolution to the death."
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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2009, 12:02:34 AM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stories/090109kvue_Inks_Lake_body_folo-cb.13974a576.html
TV: Body found in Inks Lake identified as missing woman

05:29 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

By AMY JOHNSTON / KVUE News

The case of a missing Llano County woman has been solved almost three years since she was last seen alive.
 Llano County Deputies and Texas Rangers are trying to figure out who killed Holly Marie Simmons. Simmons was 45 years old when she disappeared in November 2006. She dropped her two daughters off at school, but they never saw her again.

"Her daughters, they came home from school that day - she was not at home. Her vehicle was there, her car keys were there, her cell phone was there and she was gone," said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

Her remains were found at the bottom of Inks Lake in July 2009. She was positively identified from dental records.

"We had amateur divers reported that they discovered what they thought was a body," says Sheriff Blackburn.

Divers and deputies took underwater photographs, then moved the crime scene to dry land.

Deputies say Simmons' body was found inside of a boat, submerged at the bottom of this bridge. While they won't say how she died, they did say both she and the boat were weighted down so neither would resurface.



Holly Marie Simmons

Investigators won't say who the boat belongs to, but they did say considerable evidence was left behind. And that should help lead them to the killer.

"It was more than likely on a personal basis probably," said Blackburn.

They believe she was killed shortly after she disappeared.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Llano County Sheriff's Office at 325-247-5767.
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« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2009, 06:52:24 PM »

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2009/sep/01/death-notices---sept-2/

Death notices - Sept. 2



The following notices have been submitted for publication in the Wednesday edition of the San Angelo Standard-Times.

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LLANO - Holly Marie Simmons, of Buchanan Dam, died at age 48. Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton with burial in Angleton Memorial Park.

Survivors include daughters Ashley Simmons of Llano and Alicia Simmons of Elgin; sons Samuel Charles McLeod Jr. of Freeport and Harlen Jake McLeod of Angleton; mother Rose Marie Beadle of Holley, N.Y.; sisters Norma Barker of Angleton and Debbie Wishman of Batavia, N.Y.; and brother Paul Wishman Jr. of New York.
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« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2009, 10:11:18 PM »

http://www.legacy.com/Statesman/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=132181778

Holly Marie Simmons       

Death Notice

SIMMONS, Holly Marie, 48, certified nursing technician, of Buchanan Dam, formerly of Clute, has died. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Palms Funeral Home, Angleton. Burial Angleton Memorial Park. Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne, Llano.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 9/2/2009
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« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2009, 10:14:34 PM »

http://hinklej.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/what-lies-beneath/

What Lies Beneath
Posted by: Josh Hinkle | September 2, 2009
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« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2009, 11:29:10 PM »

Skeleton reveals missing mom's story
Daughter, co-worker speak of Simmons' last days

Updated: Friday, 18 Sep 2009, 4:45 PM CDT

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - When Holly Marie Simmons stopped showing up for work almost three years ago, her boss said he had a sinking feeling, an indication something was wrong.

“It just wasn’t like her,” Bill Young, manager at Escondido Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, told Austin News on the phone. “Holly was one of the nicest people. Everyone here liked her, and it was unlike her to just skip out on her job.”

The mother of four was last seen dropping her daughter, Ashley, off at the school bus stop near their Buchanan Dam house. When Ashley and her sister, A.J., arrived home that day, they found their mother’s purse, cell phone, keys, and car. Holly, however, was gone.

“I was the last one to see her alive,” Ashley Simmons told Austin News also by phone. “For three years, I never knew, and it’s been the toughest thing me and my family have ever went through.”

Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said the two teen girls filed a missing persons report shortly after their mother’s disappearance. The fliers that went up around the Texas Hill Country in the following months produced few leads.

“Most likely, she knew whoever did this,” Blackburn said. “We know how she died, but we can’t say at this time how. It’s part of the investigation.”

Holly’s obituary says she “was found July 9, 2009,” the day diving crews pulled a submerged boat from beneath the old Highway 29 bridge over Inks Lake . Inside the boat, someone had weighted down human skeletal remains.

“They didn’t want this boat to be found, for sure,” said Blackburn.

The actual discovery came a few days before when recreational divers first snapped underwater photos of what they believed to be human bones and turned the pictures over to the sheriff’s office. Nearly two months after pulling the boat ashore, investigators were able to match Holly’s dental records to the body. Her missing persons case quickly turned into a homicide investigation.

“When we heard it was her,” Young said, “we were so surprised. None of us ever thought anything close to that. It was so sad.”

Holly had worked with Young at the golf course as a food and beverage server for six months before her disappearance. Last seen in late November 2006, Holly was 45 years old at that time, though her obituary says 48 to indicate the date authorities found her body.

“This weekend has been so hard,” her daughter, Ashley choked out. “It’s just so hard to think about it after three years. The funeral was tough, because we had gone so long not knowing what happened.”

Ashley, her family, and friends buried Holly on Saturday at Angleton Memorial Park in Angleton. A sister and a son both live in that city. Holly had moved from nearby Clute to Llano County in 2004.

“She was a single mom who raised four kids all by herself,” Ashley recalled of her mother. “That’s how I want people to remember her, not what happened.”

In the few brief phone conversations, Ashley expressed her hope of closing the case soon. Young said Holly’s former co-workers still at Escondido are curious about what really happened to their friend.

“It’s horrible to know she’s dead,” he said, “but, in the same sense, hopefully finding her will help somebody remember something or somebody come forward.”

Blackburn said in the few weeks since identifying Holly’s body, his office has started talking to people they believe might have information. However, a strong lead has yet to present itself.

“We’re confident we will solve this one,” he said, “but with a case this old, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Ashley, who now lives in Llano, graduated from Llano High School the school year after her mother’s disappearance and married a fellow Llano alum. Holly is also survived by another daughter, Alicia “A.J.”; and two sons, Samuel Charles McLeod Jr. and Harlen Jake McLeod, one of whom is also married. Holly has three grandchildren, as well.

This week, Escondido also gave the following statement to Austin News:

“The entire Escondido organization is deeply saddened by the loss of Holly Simmons. She was an exemplary employee and always performed her duties with dedication and a positive attitude. We send our sincere condolences to her family and friends and hope clues will now be found to bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice. She will be greatly missed by our all of our members and her fellow employees.”

Before her time at the golf course, Holly worked for 24 years as a certified nursing technician at various nursing homes and assisted living centers. She was born in New York, where her mother still lives in a town called Holley.

The sheriff’s office is urging anyone with information to call 325-247-5050. For more details about Holly’s case and a behind-the-scenes look at its coverage, check out Josh’s “ Living Off The Air ” blog.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/mobile/Skeleton_reveals_missing_moms_story
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« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2009, 10:51:51 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/2009/12/02/1202roundup.html

CENTRAL TEXAS DIGEST
COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I snipped out this article from the list in the Digest:

LLANO COUNTY

Officers seek help in case

The Llano County sheriff's office and Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone who bought a doghouse and aluminum boat at a Buchanan Dam garage sale in 2006 can help them solve a murder case from that time.

Holly Simmons had been missing for three years when a recreational diving team found her remains in July in Inks Lake near Texas 29. She was 45 when she disappeared from her home in Buchanan Dam.

The sheriff's office would not disclose what the doghouse or boat had to do with the case, saying only, "The person who purchased items may have useful information on the case and is not suspected of a crime."


Simmons was reported as missing under suspicious circumstances from her home in the 200 block of Cortez Trail in November 2006. Officials said Simmons was last seen taking her daughter to a bus stop for school. When the daughter returned home, Simmons was not there, but her car, purse, cell phone and identification were left behind, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Glen Williams at 800-832-9271 or Crime Stoppers at 866-756-8477 to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000. The sheriff's office also accepts text tips at 274637; place 218tip at the beginning of the message.
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« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2010, 01:09:57 PM »

I came across this older article when I was researching another crime:

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/missing_persons/
Llano Sheriff's department seeks help in missing persons case
November 30, 2009

The Llano County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone who bought a dog house and aluminum boat at a Buchanan Dam garage sale in 2006 can help them solve an unsolved murder case from that time.

Holly Simmons had been missing for three years when a recreational diving team in July found her remains near Texas 29 in Inks Lake. She was 45 when she went missing from her home in Buchanan Dam.


The sheriff’s office would not disclose what the dog house or boat had to do with the case, saying only: “The person who purchased items may have useful information on the case and is not suspected of a crime.”

Simmons was reported as missing under suspicious circumstances from her home in the 200 block of Cortez Trail in November 2006.

Glen Williams, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, said Simmons was last seen taking her daughter to a bus stop for school on Nov. 29, 2006. When the daughter returned home, Simmons was not there, but her keys, car, purse, cell phone and identification were left behind, Williams said.

He did not say whether there were signs of a struggle at the home, nor would he say if authorities are interviewing any potential suspects.


Any one with information is asked to contact Williams at 800-832-9271 or Crime Stoppers 866-756-8477 to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000. Llano Sheriff’s office also accepts text text tips at 274637, texters should place 218tip at the beginning of the message.

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« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2010, 01:16:31 PM »

http://www.burnetbulletin.com/view/full_story/3518282/article-Holly-Marie-Simmons-Dec--25--1960---July-9--2009?

Holly Marie Simmons
Dec. 25, 1960 ~ July 9, 2009
Holly Marie Simmons, 48, of Buchanan Dam, Texas, was found Thursday, July 9. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Rose Marie (Tabone) and Paul Robert Wishman on Dec. 25, 1960. Holly moved to Llano County in 2004 coming from Clute, Texas. She had worked as a certified nursing technician for 24 years at nursing homes and assisted living centers and Escondido Golf Club at Horseshoe Bay.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashley Simmons and husband Johnathon of Llano and Alicia “A.J.” Simmons of Elgin; two sons, Samuel Charles McLeod Jr. and wife Crystle of Freeport and Harlen Jake McLeod of Angleton; mother, Rose Marie Beadle of Holley, N.Y.; two sisters, Norma Barker of Angleton and Debbie Wishman of Batavia, N.Y.; brother, Paul Wishman Jr. of New York; and three grandchildren, Sammy McLeod III and Devin and Conner Fehr.

Holly was preceded in death by her father, Paul Wishman, and nephew, Phillip Wishman.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas. Internment will follow at Angleton Memorial Park in Angleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice.

E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon.net or you may log onto www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.




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« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2010, 01:17:56 PM »

http://www.burnetbulletin.com/view/full_story/4970084/article-Authorities-ask-public-for-information-on-woman%E2%80%99s-killer?
Authorities ask public for information on woman’s killer

The Llano County Sheriff’s Department and Hill Country Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Holly Marie Simmons of Buchanan Dam, whose body was found in Inks Lake last July.

The Hill Country Crime Stoppers issued a crime alert on Monday, stating that investigators are looking for information on the person who purchased a metal 4-foot by 4-foot doghouse and a small aluminum boat from a garage sale in the Golden Beach area in October 2006.

Simmons, 45 at the time of her disappearance, went missing from her Buchanan Dam home on Nov. 29, 2006. On July 7, recreational divers discovered her remains at the bottom of Inks Lake under the SH 29 Bridge in an aluminum boat that was weighted down. Authorities are ruling her death as a homicide.

“It’s still an active investigation,” said Glenn Williams, lead investigator with the Llano County Sheriff’s Department.


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« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2010, 01:19:20 PM »

http://www.burnetbulletin.com/view/full_story/4970010/article-Doghouse--boat-figure-into-murder-probe?
Doghouse, boat figure into murder probe
The Llano County Sheriff’s Department and Hill Country Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Holly Marie Simmons of Buchanan Dam, whose body was found in Inks Lake last July.

The Hill Country Crime Stoppers issued a crime alert on Monday, stating that investigators are looking for information on the person who purchased a metal 4-foot by 4-foot doghouse and a small aluminum boat from a garage sale in the Golden Beach area in October 2006.

Simmons, 45 at the time of her disappearance, went missing from her Buchanan Dam home on Nov. 29, 2006. On July 7, recreational divers discovered her remains at the bottom of Inks Lake under the SH 29 Bridge in an aluminum boat that was weighted down. Authorities are ruling her death as a homicide.

“It’s still an active investigation,” said Glenn Williams, lead investigator with the Llano County Sheriff’s Department.

Simmons was last seen dropping her daughter off for school in Buchanan Dam on the morning of Nov. 29, 2006. Her daughter reported Simmons missing after returning home from school and noticing that Simmons’ vehicle, keys, purse, identification, cell phone and other personal belongings were left at the house. Authorities immediately began an investigation because of the suspicious nature of the disappearance.



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« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2015, 10:23:54 PM »

http://kxan.com/investigative-story/the-lady-in-the-lake/
Unsolved Lady in the Lake
October 30, 2015
By David Barer

Llano County (KXAN) – For years, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn has hunted for the person, or people, who killed Holly Marie Simmons.

The 48-year-old mother of four vanished under suspicious circumstances the morning of Nov. 28, 2006. It would be three years before authorities and her family got answers, when a scuba diver found Simmons’s body cemented into an old jon boat sunken in the murky depths beneath the old Inks Lake bridge.

The murder left a family in turmoil, and the killer still roams free.

Now, after the case has run cold, Blackburn offers new clues about what may have happened down that rural gravel road and inside the mobile home Holly shared with her daughters.

“Nobody deserved to die like Holly Simmons,” Blackburn said.

A disappearance, a murder

The day she disappeared, Simmons dropped off her daughter, a Llano High School junior, at a bus stop near their home in Buchanan Dam, a rural Hill Country town of 1,500 set beside Central Texas’ largest reservoir.

It would be the last time Ashley Simmons would see her mother.

When the daughter returned home that cold November evening, “Nothing was broken, and nothing was out of the ordinary … It looked like she just left,” Ashley said.

The family left often the front door unlocked, Ashley said, because they had a "brindle American English pit-bull.”

Holly’s phone, her purse, her wallet, her keys, all of it was sitting at home, Ashley said. “Mom just was gone, something had happened to her mysteriously. I knew something wasn’t right.”

Ashley, 17 years old at the time, said she left the front porch light on for her Mom that night. She said her younger sister, who was 15, had gone to a school basketball game and stayed over at a friend’s house.

The next morning, when her Mom still had not come home, Ashley called the police, and the family filed a missing persons report.

By that time, Blackburn said, someone had already taken Holly’s life.

A concrete tomb

Blackburn, wearing a cowboy hat and jeans held up by suspenders, met with KXAN at his Llano County headquarters. The ruddy-faced lawman would not divulge many details about the homicide, due to the ongoing investigation.

The sheriff said he still believes he will catch the killer. Investigators just need the right tip.

Blackburn said he and his deputies have combed the area’s back roads, peppered with scrub oak, mesquite, mobile homes and lakeside getaways.

What investigators have found, the sheriff said, leads them to believe Holly did not leave her home willingly.

“Something did occur at the house that led us to believe that is was a violent occurrence,” Blackburn said. “We don’t think that she left the house alive.”

Bill Blackburn

The killer, he said, is probably local to Llano County and knew the single mother.

In fact, Holly may have known the killer so well, the person’s car was a familiar sight parked on her Buchanan Dam cul-de-sac with multiple mobile homes, he said.

For three years, the clues to Holly’s death stayed with her at the bottom of Inks Lake, just miles from her home.

On July 8, 2009, a scuba diver happened upon Simmons’ body. Days later, investigators dragged her concrete tomb from the cloudy lake. The killer weighted down the metal boat with 600 pounds of concrete. Due to decomposition, forensic experts identified Holly through dental records, according to media reports.
Blackburn said investigators know how Holly died, but he would not divulge the manner of death. He did say forensic evidence shows Holly’s death was a “personal type of death.”

It may have been a single killer, the sheriff said, but it would probably take more than one person to dispose of the body in that fashion.

“The ties that bind those people together are sometimes broken,” Blackburn said. “It may take years; it may take months…somebody’s conscience breaks down and they can’t live with it anymore.”

And while Blackburn waits for a tip from the public, Holly’s family is waiting for answers from him.

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