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Texas woman wrote chilling message before she was murdered and put in freezer

In January 2020, Curtis Allen Holliday was arrested and charged with continuous abuse of his wife. He was ordered to have no contact with her.

Months later, his wife’s body was found in a freezer, her body “frozen by the frost on the skin,” according to her autopsy report, cited in court documents reviewed by PEOPLE.

Then Texas investigators found something else: a letter Chi Thi Lien Le had typed before her death: “When suddenly no one can find me, or find me dead,” she wrote. “Please check on my husband.”

In the letter, converted into an appellate opinion filed in 2021, the Houston woman said her husband had threatened “many times” that he would kill me.

The 29-year-old said she feared for her life “especially” because they were in the process of a divorce.

Curtis Allen Holliday.

Harris County Sheriff


On Monday, June 10, Holliday, now 62, pleaded guilty to his wife’s murder in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence, ABC13, KHOU11 and Click2Houston report. (Holliday has already served two of those years, according to ABC13.)

Holliday’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told ABC13 that they accepted the plea deal to avoid a possible life sentence, but that they consider it “guilty with an asterisk” and that his client maintains his innocence.

“We think this was actually a suicide, but he panicked after finding her,” DeGuerin told the newspaper. “Instead of calling the police, he put her in a freezer and that’s bizarre. And I don’t know if a jury would have wanted that.” that too much.”

Holliday was charged with assault for attacking Le twice — once around Thanksgiving and again on Christmas Day 2019, according to court documents obtained by ABC13.

Le went missing sometime in April. She was last seen on April 3, a witness told investigators, but family members reported her missing in late April after being unable to contact her for several days.

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Prosecutors theorize that Holliday, violating his ban on contact with Le, strangled his wife and then put her body in the freezer, according to court documents reviewed by PEOPLE. But by the time his bond was revoked in the domestic violence case, his wife was already dead.

While in the Harris County Jail on the bond violation, he was interviewed about his missing wife, according to Click2Houston.

Le was found wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a commercial freezer at Holliday’s business that same month, according to ABC13.

Investigators tracked down “an invoice for a freezer believed to be the freezer in which Le’s body was discovered,” along with “two photographs showing (Holliday) purchasing the freezer,” according to court documents reviewed by PEOPLE.

The medical examiner’s office ruled her death a homicide, according to ABC13, and Holliday was subsequently arrested for murder.

The couple had a daughter together.

“He will be released in time to continue raising his daughter,” DeGuerin told ABC13.

Holliday will be formally sentenced on July 19, according to Click2Houston.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or visit thehotline.org. All calls are free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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