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The Disappearance of Holly Alcott White


Taos, New Mexico




Holly Alcott White was 49-years-old and living in Taos, New Mexico in 2016. It was just a few months before her 50th birthday. Holly had been the manager at the Taos Center for the Arts for 22 years, but was preparing to relocate to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her husband Jeff White had just started a new job there, and Holly was about to start one as the office manager at a dentist office.

Holly Alcott White (Find Holly White FB)

On Thursday night, May 5, 2016, Holly came home from work, spoke to her husband and chatted with some friends online. She was last heard from at 9:20 p.m. According to Jeff, their conversation was cheerful and nothing seemed amiss, as they had planned for Jeff to come into town the following day for a farewell party the TAC had planned for her.

The next morning on May 6, Holly was scheduled to meet a close friend, Cynthia Arvidson, to go on their daily morning walk. The two had walked together every morning for 8 years. Holly failed to show up that morning though. Concerned, Cynthia went to Holly’s house and found her purse in the kitchen, which was odd as she always brought her purse with her on these walks. All her personal belongings and her dog were still at the house.

Later that day, her blue Ford Escape was found parked at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge parking lot, which was 10 miles west of Taos and spanned the entire Taos Gorge. Her keys were still in the car’s cup holder and a vendor at the bridge said that the car was already there when she arrived at 6:15 a.m.

A week after Holly’s disappearance, Law Enforcement with the help of a dive team and river raft guides, searched 12 miles of the Río Grande Gorge. They found no body, but did find a women’s black Skechers shoe floating in the water. Some of Holly’s friends said the shoe belonged to her, but theories have also come up that someone may have hurled it into the river to confuse investigators.

Jeff was not considered to be a suspect in the case, as he was not in town, passed a polygraph test, and their marriage by all accounts seemed to be a stable and happy one.

Holly White and her husband Jeff White (Santa Fe New Mexican)

The family and all of Holly’s close friends maintained that she would not have committed suicide without leaving a note, or left without telling anyone. If she had jumped from the bridge, her body would have been found by divers, as an extensive search was done after her disappearance.

New Mexico State Police pulled fingerprints from Holly’s car, one from the rearview mirror, and one from the passenger side door, but both were insufficient in leading to any identification.

The family has hired their own private investigator, Elaine Graves, to look into Holly’s disappearance and she is still actively working the case with her partner. Please refer to the links below for more information or for who to contact if you have any information.

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