TV Crime Show Helps Bring Arrest In 16-Year-Old Chattanooga "Cold Case"

Friday, January 24, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Neal Pinkston and Bill Phillips make announcement
Neal Pinkston and Bill Phillips make announcement
- photo by Hollie Webb

Homicide detectives at the Chattanooga Police Department have been able to close a 16-year-old cold case with the help of TNT Productions, charging a man with first-degree murder. Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth, the victim's estranged husband, has been arrested and is awaiting trial.

In 1997, Victoria "Vicky" Hollingsworth had separated from her husband, and she and her two children were living with her parents on Duncan Avenue when she went missing.

Details of how police believe she ended up with Hollingsworth will not be released until his trial.

Police said, "It was obvious that she was missing under very suspicious circumstances and would not come home alive."

Over a year and a half later, police finally discovered her body on Billy Goat Hill. Forensics experts discovered a mark on her mandible that indicated a stab wound to the neck; this was determined to be the cause of death.

After years of investigation with little new information, producers from the TNT show "Cold Justice" heard about the case and approached the Chattanooga Police Department.

With their resources, the Chattanooga Police were able to find enough evidence to send to a grand jury. Mrs. Hollingsworth's husband was living in Amarillo, Tex., at the time of his arrest and will be extradited for the trial. He had married again.

In the time since the murder, Vicky Hollingsworth's mother passed away. However, her father and two children have been informed.

The episode of "Cold Justice" featuring this case is set to air at the end of February or early March. 

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