Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ricky Holland update

As quoted on the From Whispers to Roars forum (http://fromwhisperstor.6.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=753&start=30):

Sheriff reveals new information about parents of Ricky Holland (Ingham
County, January 30, 2006, 6:34 p.m.)

Husband against wife, each accusing the
other of murder. The victim: their seven-year-old adopted son. Ricky Holland
disappeared last July from his Williamston home, east of Lansing in Ingham
County. Friday, his father, Tim, led police to the boy's body and accused his
mother, Lisa, of murdering the boy. The case, police say, is unraveling as fast
as the Hollands' marriage. The Ingham County sheriff told 24 Hour News 8 there's
no doubt the two were conspiring together in July to cover up what really
happened. But last week, Lisa Holland was arrested for allegedly trying to kill
Tim Holland by throwing a plugged-in hair dryer into his shower. Both are now in
jail, and police say evidence from the crime lab will show who the killer really
is. Either way, prosecutors believe both parents knew the boy was dead and where
his body was hidden, even as they helped thousands in the community search the
area for days in blistering hot July weather. Along with the volunteers were
police officers from around the state, experts on child abduction from around
the country, as well as Coast Guard and state police helicopters, and K-9 units.
The parents claimed Ricky had run away, something they said he'd done before. At
noon on Friday, Tim Holland and his attorney contacted investigators to discuss
the disappearance. As a result, human remains were found in Dansville, a rural
area southeast of Lansing. They were through dental records as those of Ricky
Holland. Lisa Holland was arrested at 4:45 p.m., Tim an hour later. Both are now
in jail, being held on million dollar bonds, charged with obstruction of justice
and as material witnesses. Now, police are waiting on forensics evidence from
the autopsy to show whose story is true. The sheriff says he knew this day would
come. "I wasn't confident we'd ever find Ricky's remains," says Sheriff Gene
Wriggelsworth. "But there were things that happened, even the first day, that
would make even an inexperienced police officer think, 'Something's wrong here,
this story isn't right.'" He says, as thousands of community volunteers joined
officers and experts from around the country in searching for the boy, Lisa
Holland brought him an updated picture of Ricky, then asked the location of the
search team mounted on horses. Her other children wanted to see them. "Never
once asked how the search was going, if she could get anything else. Her focus
was on entertaining the rest of the kids. This is my 40th year in the business
and never have I seen a reaction like that from a parent whose child is
missing," says Wriggelsworth. Police also doubted Tim Holland's story, digging
up the family's backyard in August, getting fingerprints and DNA samples, giving
both parents polygraph tests. The sheriff won't discuss the results but says Tim
Holland was familiar with how such tests work. He took them several times a year
as part of his job as a civilian defense contractor with the Army, doing
intelligence work with a top-secret clearance. Police expect to have evidence
back from the crime lab as early as next week. http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4431228&nav=0Rce

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