Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Missing woman case still open in Franklin County

Authorities have been investigating Heather Hodges' disappearance since April.

Heather Hodges

Heather Hodges

The six-month mark of the disappearance of a Franklin County mother came and went Tuesday, still a case with more questions than answers.

Heather Hodges, 22, of Rocky Mount was last seen by relatives in April. Since then, tips to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office have slowed, said Lt. Todd Maxey. Still, detectives continue to make progress in the case, Maxey said.

The search for Hodges took a grim turn in mid-June, when Sheriff Bill Overton announced that authorities began investigating the missing person case as a criminal matter. Authorities then said forensic evidence suggested to detectives that Hodges' disappearance was related to a violent event.

During the investigation, a person of interest was developed, though authorities would not release the identity of that person.

On Tuesday, Maxey said that same person still was being investigated by detectives. He declined to comment about the nature of the forensic evidence.

Authorities said Hodges was reported missing April11. She was last seen by her boyfriend, Paul Jordan, who said he left the house for about 10 minutes the night of April9 and came back to find his girlfriend gone. Hodges' family told police that they last saw her about 6:30 a.m. that same day.

Overton has said his detectives have not determined whether the missing woman is alive or dead.

With the coming of deer season, authorities asked that hunters be vigilant and report anything unusual they might find while in the woods.

Hodges is white with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 100 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 483-3000.

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