Mom suspicious of son after Russian Hill killing

In the week after the brutal killing of publicist Kate Horan inside her Russian Hill apartment, the parents of the alleged perpetrator said they contacted every authority possible to report that their son was missing.  

The mother of Scott Holland twice tried to call his parole officer to report that he was missing after the Oct. 29 killing. Holland had yet to be named a suspect in the case, but his mother knew he did not show up to his construction job on the Monday after the killing.

Debbie Holland said she called his parole officer Nov. 3 only to find that the voice mail was full. She said she called again the next day and left a long message that her son was missing and was using drugs again. She said she never received a return call.

Scott Holland left prison in April after serving 11 of 13 years for attempted murder in Fresno. He had slit the throat of a relative, who survived the attack. He first claimed he was blacked out on drugs at the time, but then pleaded guilty.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Holland’s mother did not leave a message until Nov. 5, the day Holland was found, according to spokesman Luis Patino. By then, there was nothing the parole officer could do, Patino said.

Debbie Holland called every other authority she could think of — the medical examiner, jails and the San Francisco Police Department — to find her son. An officer from the Central Police Station, less than 100 yards from the North Beach residential hotel where Scott Holland was staying, checked on him.

“The officer went by to perform a well-being check and Holland wasn’t home,” said Lt. Lyn Tomioka, an SFPD spokeswoman.

Police would not pursue the missing-persons report because they had no record of Scott Holland being on parole, Debbie Holland said. But on Nov. 4, police were treating Scott Holland as a homicide suspect and detectives searched his room. The next day, right after a news conference when police released a sketch of a suspect, police found Scott Holland lying in bushes in Sutro Park in the Outer Richmond district.

“Something else horrible could have happened the week he went missing,” Debbie Holland said.

Scott Holland is expected to be back in court today on charges of murder, attempted rape and robbery.

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