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Ricky Dodson

Sunday, December 8, 2013


Polly Dodson of Bassett believes the remains found Thursday in Franklin County are those of her son, who has been missing for more than two months.

“I’m certain of it,” Polly (Paulette) Dodson said Saturday. “I’m 99 percent positive” that the remains are those of her son, Ricky Dodson, also of Bassett.

She has felt that way since two sheriff’s investigators came to her home Thursday night to tell her that remains had been found, she said.

“They wanted to let me know before I heard it anywhere else,” Dodson said, adding that she appreciated that.

The remains, which appeared to be human, were found in the Henry area of Franklin County, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office news release stated. Lt. Phillip Young with that office would not elaborate on the location Friday.

The news release said the remains were sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to be identified.

Dodson said on Friday, Franklin County Sheriff’s investigator Sandra Ingram called her, “wanting to know what dentist Ricky used. I didn’t know.”

Dodson speculated that officials were attempting to use dental records to help identify the remains.

Young said it will be Monday at the earliest before the remains will be identified.

In the meantime, Dodson and her family continue to wait for news.

“I’ve been waiting so long; I think we’re just in shock,” she said.

That is especially difficult during the holidays, Dodson said, adding that her son was fond of special meals at the holidays and throughout the year.

“He’d get excited about a pot of pinto beans and corn bread,” she added.

The last time Dodson talked to her son was Oct. 3. He came to her house about 7 that night to ask about her daughter, who had surgery that morning, Dodson said.

Young said the Henry County Sheriff’s Office helped at the scene Thursday night. Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry confirmed that his office is assisting the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

Perry said Friday it was not known whether the remains found Thursday were related to the homicide of Vicky Harbour Purdy. Her remains were found Oct. 6 in a burned vehicle on Philpott Road in Franklin County, near the Henry County line.

Purdy and Dodson were friends, his mother said.

Franklin and Henry County authorities said in mid-November they were working to locate Dodson because they were concerned for his safety. Authorities have said he was not considered a suspect in Purdy’s death.

Polly Dodson said she has no idea why anyone would have wanted to hurt her son, a self-employed carpenter.

“I’ve heard a whole lot of stories. But they’re just that — stories,” she said.

The news release said no further information would be released until the remains are identified.


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