New search for Holly White comes up empty-handed

Posted 6/18/16

Holly White, the former Taos Center for the Arts general manager who disappeared May 6, has still not been found.

State Police Lt. Edwardo Martinez said his office followed up on an anonymous tip that came to Taos Crimestoppers. A new search and …

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New search for Holly White comes up empty-handed

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Holly White, the former Taos Center for the Arts general manager who disappeared May 6, has still not been found.

State Police Lt. Edwardo Martinez said his office followed up on an anonymous tip that came to Taos Crimestoppers. A new search and rescue was conducted near the Gorge Bridge June 14. Police used horses, a cadaver dog, a drone and 30 volunteers that included retired police officers.

“We searched the northeast end, where there is a gravel pit area – and nothing was found,” Martinez said.

White’s husband, Jeff White, told The Taos News that he continues to mull over what might have happened to his wife.

“I think somebody came to the door [May 6] and she knew the person,” he said. “She would have had to unarm the security alarm and open the security external door to let them in,” he said.

White said there was a lockbox at the house because it was listed for sale, but it only had a key to the external security door. The internal door was unlocked for realtors.

“I think the person would have said, ‘You’re coming with me, or I’ll kill your dog.’ So that would’ve been that. That’s what I think happened. Because Holly just wouldn’t leave the dog and all her stuff,” White said.

White was asked about rumors that he was seen the night his wife disappeared, even though he had previously stated he was in Albuquerque.

“I have witnesses that have me in Albuquerque. My landlord is my next-door neighbor, and he was there until 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. fixing stuff and getting things ready,” he said. “I went to bed. I guess there is plenty of time in there, but I love her to death. And if she comes back, I will love her still. If she did anything wrong, I’d forgive her for it,” said White.

Not a suspect

Martinez said his department does not consider White as a suspect in the disappearance and that the case is still a missing persons case, not a criminal one.

“Until it becomes a criminal case, a homicide or something like that, we have no suspects. There are no suspects in a missing persons case. If there were anything suspicious about it, we would probably change the status. We have no evidence of anything other than what we already know,” he said.

White previously requested that police collect the bedsheets from Holly White’s bed to be tested for DNA to see if someone else might have been sleeping there other than her. But because the case is still a missing persons case, Martinez said the sheets can’t be processed for DNA. “They don’t test DNA on missing persons cases,” he said.

Martinez said, however, that he is working to get the sheets tested despite the policy.

White mentioned this week that his wife took out an “unexplained” loan for $5,000 that he didn’t know about before her disappearance. “I don’t know what the five grand was for … and, of course, if she was having an affair, so what? I just want her to be safe,” he said.

Cynthia Arvidson, one of Holly White’s close friends, said the loan gives her some hope. “It’s better than the alternative,” she said. Arvidson said she had not been previously aware of the $5,000 loan.

More information

Holly White’s father, Ray Alcott, who is from Kansas, has established a $5,000 reward for information on his daughter’s disappearance through Taos Crimestoppers.

Arvidson said Alcott came to Taos for a couple of weeks after his daughter disappeared. More information is available at taoscrimestoppers.org.

Contact the state police at (505) 454-5010 to provide any information on this case.

A vigil for Holly White and the victims of the Orlando, Florida, massacre is scheduled to take place at Taos Plaza June 16 from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. after Taos Plaza Live.

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