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Family Want Answers, Officials Need Tips in Missing Woman Case


Reporter: David Tate

Franklin Co., VA - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Monday about the disappearance of Heather Hodges, 22, who has been missing two weeks now.

Her live-in boyfriend says she disappeared during the 10 minutes he left to pick her up a Blizzard from the Dairy Queen in Wirtz. Her family hasn't seen or heard from her since.

Officials with the sheriff's department will not call the case a crime because there is no evidence one has occurred.

Hodges is an adult and can come and go as she pleases. But there are circumstances that have investigators very concerned, including the fact that Hodges left behind a 2-year old daughter and that the only thing that is missing is Hodges herself. Her car, purse and cell phone are all accounted for.

Hodges hasn't tried to contact her daughter. According to family members, Hodges had been having trouble with her boyfriend and had been staying with family members Easter week.

The day after Easter, they say Hodges decided to return home to her boyfriend and was dropped off early Monday morning by her sister.

She was supposed to pick Hodges back up a few hours later, but when she called, the boyfriend told her Hodges was sleeping.

About 13 hours later, that same man called Hodges's family, frantic, saying she disappeared in the 10 minutes he left her alone to get her a blizzard from Dairy Queen.

"Please help bring my baby sister home. I also want to thank the community for all their prayers and a special thanks to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department for their continuous efforts on my sister's case and all the support from all over the country. Heather... we love you and we want you home as soon as possible," said Crystal Hodges.

That boyfriend is said to be cooperating with authorities.

The sheriff's department really wants more tips because right now investigators don't have much new information.

"A lot of those tips have been sightings, but once we looked into those potential sightings, gathered more information to gather the factual time dates, they have all been prior to April the 9th," said Sheriff Bill Overton Jr. in Franklin County.

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