MCALESTER, OK — On January 20, 2017, safety cameras captured 40-year-old medical skilled and mom of three Holly Marie Cantrell exiting the hospital the place she labored and stepping right into a inexperienced pickup truck — in broad daylight.
The driving force reportedly dropped Holly off at a close-by Braum’s restaurant. She by no means made it again to work. She by no means made it residence that night time. In truth, Holly Cantrell has not been seen nor heard from since then.
By all accounts, Holly lived for her household and cherished her job as a bodily therapist on the McAlester Regional Well being Middle. She had many mates and was fashionable amongst coworkers and with sufferers.
Holly did, nonetheless, harbor a reasonably main secret. Within the months main as much as her disappearance, Holly was reportedly having an affair with an area man named Cody Ketchum, and it was mentioned to nonetheless very a lot be occurring.
On the identical time, Holly remained actively married to Tommy Cantrell, her second husband who she married in 1999, when she was 19 and he was 46. Holly and Tommy, in truth, met and started their relationship whereas she was nonetheless married to her first partner.
Complicating issues significantly round Holly going lacking had been rumors that she could have been pregnant, and that she probably believed Cody Ketchum was the brand new child’s father.
Cody Ketchum, in truth, proved to be the motive force of the inexperienced pick-up truck. He informed police that he dropped Holly off at Braum’s, a preferred chain eatery alongside a close-by freeway, however didn’t return to select her up.
Nobody at Braun’s mentioned they noticed Holly in and even across the restaurant. She doesn’t seem on any surveillance video, nor did it appear she made plans to fulfill anybody there.
Authorities intensely questioned Ketchum, however haven’t pinned him with any proof of authorized wrongdoing. However, Ketchum stays a “particular person of curiosity” within the case. From there, investigators took some arduous appears at Tommy Cantrell.
After Holly vanished, her first husband identified to police that she had merely taken the couple’s two-year outdated son and walked out on him — leaving, he claimed, no rationalization and no option to get in contact along with her.
Relations countered, although, that Holly stayed with the child at her grandmother’s home and filed for divorce the very subsequent day. She additionally shortly thereafter made plans to marry Tommy Cantrell.
In speaking to detectives, Tommy mentioned he suspected Holly had taken up a relationship with Cody Ketchum. Some observers mentioned as soon as Tommy caught wind, he turned excessively “controlling” of Holly, perpetually checking up and demanding info on her whereabouts.
Tommy acknowledged his jealous habits to some extent, however maintained he would by no means harm his spouse and simply needed her returned safely for her sake and the sake of their blended household. Police additionally believed his care and concern appeared real. And with that, the path grew colder.
That February, a hunter discovered Holly’s purse tossed haphazardly within the woods. It contained her ID, bank cards, medicine, and different private objects, and many others. Holly’s mobile phone was not there, nonetheless.
Odder nonetheless is that the very day after she went lacking, her service received reduce off, eliminating the cops’ potential to trace the machine.
After inspecting the purse and the supplies it contained, native police returned all of the objects to Tommy Cantrell, somewhat than maintain it as proof. This choice outraged Holly’s household, who nonetheless don’t perceive why.
In April, a bunch of teenagers splashing round a creek in Muskogee, about 60 miles from McAlester, stumbled upon human stays. Holly’s family members waited with bated breath for medical examination outcomes, however the physique turned out to be another person.
Throughout the ongoing inquiry, one wild card got here ahead. Luann Wooley, an area girl turned novice sleuth, reportedly turned obsessive about the Holly Cantrell case and hunted down clues on her personal.
That spring, Wooley introduced police with a recording she mentioned she made secretly of a dialog between herself, her husband Raymond, and an unidentified man who, she claimed, mentioned he heard Holly’s physique had been thrown down a nicely.
After listening to the tape, police finally concluded that Wooley, who “talked in circles,” was an “unreliable supply.”
Two weeks later, Raymond Wooley known as police to say that his spouse, Luann, had hanged herself within the household barn. The coroner dominated it a suicide. Some members of Holly’s household, nonetheless, reportedly say they continue to be suspicious as to what might need really occurred to their out of the blue silenced advocate.
Later in 2017, one other bone turned up within the woods that police thought would possibly probably be Holly’s. It wasn’t.
In February 2018, a “substantial quantity of skeleton stays” washed up from Lake Eufala, situated lower than two miles from the place Holly’s purse was found. Scattered among the many particles had been snatches of inexperienced clothes, ostensibly just like Holly’s hospital scrubs.
A month later, nonetheless extra stays emerged from Lake Eufala. At current, health workers are working to determine them — a course of that might take as much as a 12 months.
Within the meantime, anybody with any info is urged to contact McAlester police at (918) 423-1212 or the Detective Division at (918) 421-4917.
If you’re looking for a lacking particular person, make certain to enter their info into the database of the Nationwide Lacking and Unidentified Individuals System.