is a timeline of events:
2, 2005: Tim Holland reports his oldest child, 7-year- old Ricky,
missing from the family’s Williamston home.
July 3, 2005: A
nationwide Amber Alert is issued. A command center is
July 4, 2005: 600
volunteers spend the holiday searching.
July 5, 2005: Ground
teams, four-wheelers, ultralight aircraft, dive
teams, Civil Air Patrol planes and K-9 units
searching for the 7-year-old.
July 6, 2005: A fruit
snack wrapper and a tip from a fast-food
employee in Perry yield no clues.
July 7, 2005: A partial
footprint and two possible sightings feed
hope, then disappointment.
July 8, 2005: A boy who
looks like Ricky is seen at a Wal-Mart in
Okemos, but it’s not him.
July 9, 2005: Tim and
Lisa Holland plead again for Ricky’s safe
July 10, 2005:
Authorities end continuous ground searches.
July 11, 2005:
Investigators check out three possible sightings in
cornfields near Williamston.
July 12, 2005: Dive teams again search the Red Cedar River.
July 13, 2005: The
Deliver Me Home program mails 65,000 cards with
Ricky’s photo. A $5,000 reward is donated.
July 15, 2005: The
search for Ricky turns up an adult corpse near
July 16, 2005:
“America’s Most Wanted” airs a clip on Ricky.
July 17, 2005:
Investigators check out three tips after the national
Aug. 12, 2005: The
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, with help from
Michigan State University’s anthropology
department, dig up
a dog’s remains in the Hollands’ backyard.
Aug. 15, 2005: The
Sheriff’s Office sends a letter to schools in
Ingham County, Perry and Fowlerville asking
officials to be on
the lookout for anyone trying to enroll Ricky.
Sept. 6, 2005: Ingham
County sheriff’s officials seize the Hollands’
cars and home computer and search their
September 2005: A local
bounty hunter who says he is doing God’s will
announces he is organizing a new
ground search for
Ricky. It is later revealed the DeWitt man is
a felon, and he is arrested on a charge of acting
as a private
detective without a license.
Oct. 4, 2005: Police take a bed comforter from the Holland house during
the execution of another search
Hollands’ attorney says.
Oct. 14, 2005:
Authorities take hair samples and fingerprints from
Tim and Lisa Holland, their attorney says.
For the first
time, police describe the Hollands as “persons of
Nov. 8, 2005: A
five-hour search of Ella Sharp Park in Jackson by 40
law enforcement officers fails to turn up
any clues. A
helicopter and several tracking dogs were used to
search the roughly 550-acre park, which
open sections and dense wooded areas.
Jan. 26, 2006: Lisa
Holland is arraigned on charges of assaulting her
husband. She posts bond. Also, police
for the first time
classify both Lisa and Tim Holland as
suspects in Ricky’s disappearance.
Jan. 27, 2006: Tim
Holland leads police to Ricky’s skeletal remains
in rural Ingham County; Tim and Lisa
detained and charged with obstruction of justice.
Feb. 7, 2006: Tim and
Lisa Holland are charged with murder in Ricky’s
Feb. 28, 2006: A
preliminary hearing begins for Tim and Lisa Holland;
Ingham County medical examiner says
remains were too decomposed to confirm a cause
April 11, 2006: After the 14-day preliminary hearing, Tim and Lisa
Holland are ordered to stand trial on charges
that they abused
and killed Ricky.
April 20, 2006:
Relatives of Ricky Holland express anger at a local
attorney’s efforts to set up a fund to collect
money for his
burial; the Mason attorney says he will wait to
file a petition to become the slain 7-year-old’s
May 30, 2006:
Prosecutors drop the obstruction of justice charge
against the Hollands. Ingham County Circuit
Manderfield rules that the two will have separate
juries, one trial. That’s tentatively set for Sept. 11.
June 2006: Tim and Lisa
Holland remain in the Ingham County Jail,
charged with child abuse and murder. Their
children - three of whom are Ricky’s biological
siblings - are being cared for by relatives.
Aug. 14, 2006: Tim
Holland's Sept. 11 trial is stayed, pending an
appeal based on statements he made Jan.
Aug. 18, 2006: Judge
Paula Manderfield rules that Lisa Holland's
trial will proceed. She sets Tim Holland's trial
for Jan. 22, 2007.
Sept. 5, 2006: Tim
Holland pleads guilty to second degree murder;
will testify against Lisa Holland. His
is set for Nov. 1.
29, 2006: Holding back tears, a judge sentenced Tim Holland to 30 to 60
years for his part in the death of
Holland was sentence by the same judge who again
held back tears as she sentenced her to spend
the rest of her
life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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