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Boyfriend accused of killing Coast native found dead in Louisiana, reports say

Patrick Joseph Nolan, the man wanted in connection in the death of Coast native Amber Marie Holliman, has been found dead in Louisiana, police said.
Patrick Joseph Nolan, the man wanted in connection in the death of Coast native Amber Marie Holliman, has been found dead in Louisiana, police said. Courtesy of the Sandy Springs Police Department

The man wanted in connection in the death of Coast native Amber Marie Holliman has been found dead in Louisiana, police said.

Patrick Joseph Nolan, 43, was wanted on murder and arson charges in the May 26 death of Holliman.

Nolan was found dead "of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound" by Gonzales, Louisiana, police on Friday, WGCL-TV reported. He was found in a room at a local motel.

Nolan, who dated Holliman for 13 years, was spotted in south Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, hours after he was named as the suspect in her killing. She was 39, a Biloxi native and 1996 graduate of Mercy Cross High School.

At the time of Holliman's death, authorities were searching for Nolan, saying he could be in South Mississippi or Louisiana; although he also had ties to Alabama, New York and California.

Police in Sandy Springs, Georgia, said last Saturday Nolan shot Holliman in the head, then set their bedroom on fire.

Holliman was working at The Quarter in Gulfport when Nolan convinced her about seven years ago to move with him to Atlanta, said her mother, Patti Holliman. Once in Atlanta, she had started bartending at The Rusty Nail, which calls itself "the neighborhood of the South."

“None of us, and our close-knit family and friends, had any inkling P.J. would do this," said Nick Cardellino, The Rusty Nail's owner. "If we had had any inkling this would have happened, we would have taken care of it ourselves — gone and gotten her.”

Holliman's daughter, Payton Holliman, had just graduated high school and was working with her mom at the bar.

"She was my best friend. I told her everything. It was me and her since I was little," Payton told WGCL-TV. "We were inseparable. We even worked at the same place."

Holliman's friends told the Sun Herald she had been planning to leave Nolan, in part because he was drinking again. She was ready to move on, but never got the chance.

"He took my whole family from me. My mom only wanted me to be OK. We let him be a part of our little family, and he ruined it," Payton Holliman told WGCL.

A friend set up a GoFundMe account for Holliman's daughter.

The request for donations says: "Payton is 18 years old with her entire life ahead of her. However, right now it is probably really hard for her to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"Please show your support for Payton. She is left with funeral costs, college, and a very hard road in her immediate future."

As of Friday the account had raised more than $9,000.

Holliman's mother previously told the Sun Herald she would be cremated with a possible service on the Coast this weekend.

Sun Herald reporters Anita Lee and Margaret Baker contributed to this report.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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