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'Person of interest' in Baird woman's death spotted Monday in Abilene

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 20 2014 11:01:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 08:09:37 AM CDT
Danny Mitchell Cannon

Danny Mitchell Cannon, 54, faced a first-degree murder charge -- during April 2014 -- in connection with the death of 51-year-old Barbara Ruth Holland of Baird. Holland's body was found in her living room. A preliminary autopsy said she died from multiple gunshot wounds.

BAIRD, Texas -

Authorities continue to look for 54-year-old Danny Mitchell Cannon as a "person of interest" in connection with the death of a 51-year-old Baird woman whose body was found Sunday.

The search for Cannon – who resides north of Clyde – entered its second day Tuesday.

Relatives found Barbara Ruth Holland dead in the living room of her home in the 200 block of Spruce Street on Sunday afternoon.

Baird City Marshal Eric Howard said Cannon is believed to have been at the Salvation Army in Abilene about midday Monday.  

“He (Cannon) is still at large, but he was confirmed by staff at the Salvation Army as having been there around noon yesterday,” Howard said.

Asked if Cannon has been seen anywhere else, Howard said, “No.”

Mitchell, who has an outstanding warrant out of Callahan County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Baird City Marshal’s Office.

About 4 p.m., Sunday, officers with the Baird City Marshal’s Office were called to Holland's home.

"Some friends had been contacting her, trying to reach her throughout the day on Sunday,” Howard said Monday. “They went to make contact with her in person and that's when they found her.” 

Howard said a "relationship history" existed between Cannon and Holland – and that's why Cannon is considered a “person of interest” in the case.

Howard said it appears Holland died sometime Saturday evening or overnight into Sunday morning.

Her body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for a full autopsy.

Anyone with information regarding the possible homicide should call the Baird City Marshal’s Office at 325-854-1212.