The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, April 5, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The investigation into the case of Heather Hodges is continuing as the one-year anniversary of her disappearance nears.
Hodges was last seen at her Rocky Mount residence on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. by her sister and her boyfriend, Paul "Scooter" Jordan II.
Jordan reported Hodges missing on April 11, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators elevated the missing persons case to a criminal investigation in June 2012, as evidence was found that a "violent event" preceded her disappearance.
No one has been in contact with Hodges since she was last seen by Jordan at the house they shared on Shady Lane in Rocky Mount.
Jordan told investigators that he left the house for about 10 minutes and was unable to locate Hodges when he returned.
Hodges, 22, did not take any of her personal belongings with her and her vehicle was 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 3-year-old daughter.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000 or the anonymous crimeline at 483-6620.
"While our main goal is to bring Heather home, we also want to keep her case on everyone's minds," said her sister, Crystal Hodges. "She is a mother, sister, niece, daughter, cousin and friend. She deserves to be accounted for and we will never give up until my baby sister is home."
A fundraising event has been planned to raise reward money and for Hodges' daughter.
The fundraiser will take place Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at 145 Gap Gate Road in Callaway.
It will include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, cornhole and a fishing activity for children.
There will also be a bonfire and smores, as well as other food.
A change jar will be available for donations.
"This will be a day to celebrate Heather, so please bring your stories of her to share," said Crystal Hodges, Heather's sister.
The event will close with a special tribute to Heather.
Proceeds from this event will go towards a reward fund for information leading to Heather's location.
"In the event the reward money is not claimed, it will go to Heather's daughter," said Crystal.
A rain date for the fundraising event is set for Saturday, April 13.
For more information, visit justiceforheatherhodges on facebook.