Ricky Dodson’s remains were found on December 5th, 2013 – the body of his girlfriend, Vicky Purdy, was found a few months before.
Very little new information has surfaced since then, but family members are holding out hope that justice will soon be served.
They suspect that Ricky’s death is drug-related, but that’s about all they know.
They say the lack of leads is mysterious for someone well-liked, with many good friends, and in such a small community.
“The pain and the shock has lessened, but the anger – that this has went on for five years with no answers, no anything – that’s building,” said Frances Hilton, Ricky Dodson’s sister.
She also owns a small country store where she regularly sees people who knew him, and says that, since his murder, she struggles to not assume the worst.
“You always wonder, ‘could it have been that person?’ ‘Does this person know something?'” she said.
Ricky, and his girlfriend, Vicky Purdy, were both 53 when they were killed.
She says Ricky’s now-30-year-old daughter – of whom he received custody at 16 months – was among the hardest hit emotionally.
“It’s been devastating for her because her dad was her whole world,” she said.
His mother, Polly Dodson, says the intense grief keeps her from doing daily tasks.
Polly, widowed at age 40, adds that her three children have always been her whole world, and that the four lived within a hundred yards of each other.
“And since then, I’ve- I’m on depression medicine now. It’s just- nothing seems the same anymore,” she said.
She says that the pain still seems fresh since she was robbed of closure – Ricky’s body was so decayed that the family could not have an open casket at the funeral.
“It was bad enough – horrible enough – that he died, but they left him out there for the buzzards,” she said.
Frances says that, despite the time that’s passed, she maintains hope that the case will take a turn.
“Because it has to be. It has to be. I refuse to believe otherwise. And I do have days where I think, ‘well, maybe it’s never going to-.’ No. I won’t allow myself to think that,” she said.
The family says that no piece of information is too small, and they appreciate anyone coming forward with something they know.
If you have any information on the case, contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office here.