Neighbor of Harriet Hodges thankful for Roanoke community’s help in search

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s been more than a week since Harriet Hodges’ body was found after the 81-year-old went missing in March.

WFXR News spoke with her neighbor, Jeanie Francis, who says she is thankful for the community’s support in the search effort.

According to Francis, while it’s not the outcome anyone wanted, she’s happy it did not take years to find closure.

“How do I process this? How do I process all of this information?” explained Francis. “It’s going to be a day to day challenge… You see their house, you see their cars, you maybe see a porch light on and think there’s going to be someone on the front porch and she’s not there.”

Francis says she hopes people will take more time to speak to their neighbors and friends, as well as cherish the time spent with them.

Neighbors are planning one last vigil and farewell to Hodges, Francis adds.

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