TN man arrested in 16-year-old Rossford cold case - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

TN man arrested in 16-year-old Rossford cold case

Posted: Updated:
Adolphus Hollingsworth (Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press) Adolphus Hollingsworth (Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

At approximately noon on Saturday, members of the Rossford Police Department and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Adolphus Hollingsworth on charges he murdered his estranged wife in 1997.

Hollingsworth, 45, of Chattanooga, TN, was arrested at the Knight's Inn Motel in Rossford and is currently in the Wood County Jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

Police say Hollingsworth, who has a violent criminal history, murdered his wife, Victoria, after she put the couple's two young children to bed. When the children woke up the next morning, their mother was nowhere to be found. Police suspected foul play but were unable to determine if she was murdered or simply missing. Finally, more than a year later, her body was found and marks on it indicated she had been stabbed to death.

Police investigated the case but there were few leads, which eventually let the case go cold. Producers from the TNT television program, Cold Justice, heard of the case and profiled Victoria Hollingsworth's murder. After the program aired, local police developed enough information to issue an arrest warrant for Hollingsworth, who was determined to be living in Amarillo, TX at the time.

Hollingsworth was arrested in Texas Friday on charges of first-degree murder. However, jail officials mistakenly released him.

Then, information was developed that Hollingsworth was staying at the Knight's Inn Motel with people he knew. Rossford Police and the NOVFTF identified Hollingsworth's car in the parking lot. Since officers didn't know what room Hollingsworth was in, they waited for more than an hour for him to enter his car. Once Hollingsworth was in the car, officers moved in and arrested him without incident.

Since the time of her murder, Victoria Hollingsworth's mother has passed away, but her father and two children were informed of the arrest.

"You can run but you can't hide," said Pete Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio. "Even after 16 long years, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with the continued collaboration with local law enforcement, will find you."

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword "WANTED" and the tip to TIP411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • TN man arrested in 16-year-old Rossford cold caseMore>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:10:09 GMT
    (WMC) - Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week. Police say the victim has been identifiedMore >>
    Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week.More >>
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
  • 'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:38:35 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.