Gathering planned for missing Taos woman


A community gathering is planned for the two-year anniversary of Taos resident Holly White's disappearance on Sunday (May 6) from 2-4 p.m. in Taos Plaza.

The event is set to include speakers, music and poetry, according to a press release prepared by private investigator Elaine Graves, who has worked on the case since White disappeared May 6, 2016.

Brad Hockmeyer, founder of KTAOS Solar Radio, will serve as master of ceremonies at Sunday's gathering. Community members slated to speak include Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, grief counselor Ted Wiard, members of White's family, including her father, Ray Alcott, her brother, Aaron Alcott, and others.

Music will be provided by Omar Rane, a jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist. Poetry will be read by Judith Rane, a friend of White's.

For Graves, Sunday's event is not a memorial, but a community gathering intended to keep White's missing person case alive and possibly stir up new leads, she said.

The morning White went missing, she had been scheduled to go for a walk with her close friend, Cynthia Arvidson, but never showed. Her blue Ford Escape was later found parked at the west end of the Río Grande Gorge Bridge, leading some to believe she might have jumped from the bridge to her death, but her body was never located after law enforcement and river guides conducted multiple searches.

Since White's disappearance nearly two years ago, Graves has worked closely with members of White's family, primarily White's father, Ray Alcott, to coordinate additional searches around Taos County and publicize the case.

Despite their efforts, however, White has still not been found.

Increasingly, Graves believes another person or persons may have been involved in White's disappearance.

With that in mind, her investigative efforts have recently been focused on evidence testing.

Last year, state police investigators pulled fingerprints from White's Ford Escape, but found no matches, according to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo, state police public information officer.

This year, several pieces of evidence have been submitted for DNA testing with New Mexico State Police, the agency handling the case. 

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information regarding White's whereabouts or her safe return.

Tips may be submitted to Graves at (575) 613-3415.