published Friday, January 24th, 2014

Chattanooga police solve 16-year-old cold case with the help of TNT show

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    Chattanooga police Sgt. Bill Phillips talks about a cold case to be prosecuted soon of a woman that was found dead on Billy Goat Hill in East Chattanooga in 1997.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga police announced investigators have made an arrest in a 16-year old cold case with the help of a TNT television series, Cold Justice.

The estranged husband of Victoria Witherspoon Carr, 28 at the time of her death in August 1997, was arrested in Amarillo, Texas. Adolphus Hollingsworth was charged with first degree murder, said Chattanooga Police Sgt. Bill Phillips.

Carr's body was found one year and nine months after she was reported missing. She had been stabbed in the neck.

Carr was last seen by her two children, ages 9 and 4, when she put them to bed. Her son woke up and found his mother’s pager was on the floor and the phone was off the hook, according to Times Free Press archives. She was gone.

At the time, police questioned her estranged husband of one year, Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth was facing bigamy charges out of Alabama because he was married to Kearin Price Hollingsworth. Carr’s family said she did not know Hollingsworth was married at the time of their Nov. 1996 wedding.

Just before she went missing Carr had started a job at Chattanooga Housing Authority at Harriet Tubman Homes. After one week of work, she never showed back up.

Carr’s 1988 Mustang convertible was found in her mother’s driveway with brush stuck to the underside and a strong odor of gasoline from the interior, said police.

The couple had a history of domestic violence. Police arrested Hollingsworth for assault and possession of an unlawful weapon after he allegedly choked Carr in May 1996. In another incident, Carr filed a report after he reportedly he dragged her by the hair and punched her in the face during a disorder.

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