The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Tuesday, Oct. 9, marked the 6-month anniversary of the disappearance of Heather Hodges as the Franklin County Sheriff's Office continues its criminal investigation.
"We want to use this anniversary date to remind the public that this young mother is still missing," said Lt. Todd Maxey. "We are asking anyone with possible information related to this case to contact the sheriff's office. Please do not consider any piece of information too small or insignificant."
Heather Hodges was last seen at her Rocky Mount residence on April 9 by her sister, Crystal Hodges, and her boyfriend, Paul "Scooter" Jordan II.
Jordan, 39, reported Heather Hodges, 21, missing on April 11, Maxey said.
Investigators elevated the missing persons case to a criminal investigation in June, as evidence was found that a "violent event" preceded her disappearance.
"We have found forensic evidence that Heather Hodges' disappearance was preceded by a violent event," Maxey said at a press conference in June. "We do have a person of interest in the case."
Maxey has declined to identify the person of interest or provide details about the evidence collected during the execution of a search warrant in June. The search warrant was sealed by the court.
No one has been in contact with Heather Hodges since she was last seen by Jordan at the house they shared on Shady Lane in Rocky Mount about 10:30 p.m. on April 9. Jordan told investigators that he left the house for about 10 minutes and was unable to locate Hodges when he returned.
Hodges did not take any of her personal belongings with her and her vehicle is not missing, Maxey said. Hodges has left home in the past but not for this long and not without contacting family members, he added.
Hodges has a 2-year-old daughter.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000 or the anonymous crimeline at 483-6620.