Here is a timeline of events:

July 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 set up.

• 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
   keep 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 return.

• 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 Swartz Creek.

• July 16, 2005: “America’s Most Wanted” airs a clip on Ricky.

• July 17, 2005: Investigators check out three tips after the national TV exposure.

• 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
  warrant, the 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 interest.”

• 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
  included large 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
  Holland are detained and charged with obstruction of justice.

• Feb. 7, 2006: Tim and Lisa Holland are charged with murder in Ricky’s death.

• Feb. 28, 2006: A preliminary hearing begins for Tim and Lisa Holland; Ingham County medical examiner says
  Ricky Holland’s remains were too decomposed to confirm a cause of death.

• 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
  Judge Paula 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
  four other 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
   sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

• Nov 29, 2006: Holding back tears, a judge sentenced Tim Holland to 30 to 60 years for his part in the death of
   Ricky. Lisa 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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