Mary Anne Holmes, 29
DATE OF CRIME:
July 9, 1995
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:
Thatcher Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety
DETECTIVES / EXPERTS:
Kendall Curtis (TPD), Terry Johnson (DPS), Alan Brown
Mary Anne Holmes was a young and vibrant single mother of two. She escaped an abusive ex and moved to Thatcher, and was working hard to fit into her new, close-knit community through school and church. One Saturday, after hosting a yard sale at her house, she and her two young daughters fell asleep in the living room, as always. The next morning, four-year-old Ashleigh ran across the street to her neighbor’s house naked, her hands bound. She wanted to know why her mommy wouldn’t wake up. While neither Ashleigh nor her 18-month-old sister Sara were harmed, their mother, Mary Anne, was brutally abused and murdered, right in front of her babies. To this day, Ashleigh and the town of Thatcher have searched for answers. Was this a sick stranger passing through town? Someone who happened upon the house that day? Or could it have been someone close to Mary Anne?