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Vigil planned Saturday for Rocky Mount mother missing since April 9

A candlelight vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rocky Mount Farmer’s Market in honor of Heather Hodges, 22, who has been missing since April 9.

“It will be very moving,” said Paula Hodges, Heather Hodges’ mother.  

According to the sheriff’s office, Heather Hodges’ boyfriend, Paul Jordan, 39, last saw her about 10:30 p.m. April 9. He told police that he left the residence they shared in Rocky Mount for about 10 minutes and that she was not there when he returned. Family members told police they last saw her about 6:30 that morning when her sister dropped her off at home.

It’s unusual for her to go so long without contacting family or friends or checking on her 2-year-old daughter, said Crystal Hodges, Heather Hodges sister.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, (540) 483-3000, is still asking for tips and leads in the case.

“We’re working every lead that comes in, re-interviewing people and just hoping to bring a mother home,” said Lt. Todd Maxey, investigator in the case.

After a news conference held late last month asking for tips, the sheriff’s office received sightings of Hodges from along the East Coast, but after investigation none panned out, Maxey said

“We’re asking that people give us a call with any information, no matter how small they think it is, because it could be the piece of information we need to put this together,” he said.

Two Facebook groups, Find Heather Hodges, and Help Bring Heather Hodges Home, are asking people for more information about her disappearance and attempting to organize search parties.

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