Search continues for 70-year-old Wenda Holling

Wenda Holling (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Wenda Holling (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Four wheelers rode in formation Tuesday while search dogs combed the woods near the home of 70 year-old Wenda Lafern Holling.

"The terrain is very rough out there," said Carlos Redmon with Gulf Coast Search and Rescue. "There are a lot bushes, a lot of stumps and a lot of trees that are down from Hurricane Katrina."

Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said their second day of search and rescue was productive.

"We've been able to uncover several pieces of what we may consider evidence," Investigator Richard Fayard said. "Again, we won't know the significance of that evidence until it goes through the Mississippi Crime Lab and has been analyzed."

The last person to see Holling, according to investigators, was a man renting a room from her named Timothy Evans. Investigators said Evans, as well as others they've questioned, have been cooperative. The department has not zeroed in on any persons of interest at this time.

"In contacting several of her neighbors, very close friends in the community and the church, they all agree this is just something she would not do. As of yesterday and today, we are actively engaged in a rescue, but very soon we're going to have to go into recovery mode," Fayard said.

Investigator Fayard said the evidence will determine when such a decision will be made.  For now, it is still considered a search and rescue effort.

Investigators resumed their search Wednesday morning.  Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 466-6900.

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