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Skeletal Remains Found In Lake Granbury May Shed Light On Cold Case

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GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) – A disturbing find in Lake Granbury may be a key piece in solving a mysterious disappearance there nearly 35-years ago.

Low water levels at the lake revealed the existence of a pickup truck there Thursday. And when the Hood County Sheriff’s department took it to an impound lot, investigators found the skeletal remains of a woman inside.

Chopper 11's view of the truck pulled from Lake Granbury (Credit: CBS 11)

Chopper 11’s view of the truck pulled from Lake Granbury (Credit: CBS 11)

This might help explain the disappearance of Helen Holladay, who disappeared from her weekend home on Whippoorwill Bay in September of 1979. Speculation at the time linked her disappearance to her husband, with whom she reportedly had numerous physical altercations. She was officially declared deceased in 1986; he was a suspect at the time, but died in 1987.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the recovered truck is too deteriorated to retrieve the VIN.

A forensics expert from the University of North Texas will examine the human remains on Monday.

CBS 11’s Bud Gillett is en route to Granbury and will have reports at 4 and 5 p.m. on CBS 11 News.

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