August 27, 2009
Fluvanna County officials hope a new cash reward of up to $10,000 will help bring closure to a five-year missing person's cold case and resolution to the family.
On September 1, 2004, Jesse Morgan Hicks, Jr. disappeared without any apparent reason. According to the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office, Hicks was last seen driving his 2004 maroon Ford F-150 truck around 12:30 p.m. in the Blenheim area of Albemarle County. Hicks last spoke to a friend on that September day around 2:00 p.m. No one has seen or heard from Hicks since, including his wife and family.
Four days later on September 5, 2004, Jesse Hicks' Ford F-150 was found abandoned in a parking area off Route 29, near the intersection with Route 6 in Nelson County.
Over the last five years, investigators with the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office say they have investigated several leads in the case, but still lack key information needed to locate the missing man.
"[Hicks] spoke to his friend, and he said he's on the way to that appointment, and no one has heard from him since," said Thomas Brennan, with the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office.
Without any apparent reason, Hicks was gone, leaving behind his wife and two daughters.
"They want to see their dad again. You know, they may have some questions to ask him," says Brenna.
When Hicks's truck was found, his wallet was gone, but one item was still there.
"He had a cell phone that was left behind. And as it was put to us, quote, 'it was his life'. The phone rang, and rang, and rang. He did all his business from the phone, and that was left behind," says Brennan.
The anniversary of Hicks's disappearance will be September 1st. It's an anniversary that will hopefully be the last.
A cash reward of up to $10,000 is available to anyone who can provide information leading to Hicks’ location.
If anyone has any information about Jesse Morgan Hicks, Jr.'s disappearance, they're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 or Investigator Thomas Brennan of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office at 434-589-8211.