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The man disappeared about the same time as a woman whose body was found in Franklin County.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A missing Henry County man may be a key in finding out what happened to Vicky Harbour Purdy, whose remains were found inside a burned vehicle in Franklin County on Oct. 6, according to authorities.
Ricky Dodson, 53, of Bassett, was reported missing on Oct. 7 by his mother, Polly Dodson, who also lived next door to him. She said Ricky Dodson was dating Purdy, 53, of Henry County.
Purdy was married, but Polly Dodson said she had been dating her son on and off for about four years. Franklin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Philip Young said Ricky Dodson and Purdy were seen together a couple of days prior to their disappearance, but he did not describe their relationship.
Polly Dodson said her son never left for long stretches of time without letting her or someone else in the family know. He also has a daughter who lives in the same neighborhood.
Polly Dodson said she last saw Ricky Dodson on Oct. 3, four days before Purdy's body was found, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The last thing he told her was a casual "see you later," she said.
"I knew he hadn't been home," she said. "I figured they took off for the weekend. I figured they'd be back Monday."
Henry County sheriff's Capt. Eric Winn said Purdy's husband had reported her missing to Henry County authorities, saying she was last seen on Oct. 3 the same day Ricky Dodson was last seen by his mother. When she went missing, police contacted Polly Dodson looking for Ricky Dodson and she said she felt something was wrong.
"I definitely think something happened to him," she said.
Purdy's remains were found after a passer-by looking at land for sale spotted the charred vehicle in a remote area near the Henry County line and called authorities. The car was a white 2004 Toyota Corolla registered to Purdy and her husband, according to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Young said Wednesday that police want to talk to Ricky Dodson to see if there is a correlation between her disappearance and his . Young said Ricky Dodson is not a suspect in the case or even a person of interest, and neither is Purdy's husband.
"The key right now is finding Dodson," Young said. "That's definitely one of the huge pieces in this puzzle is finding Dodson."
He said the police have not received results determining exactly how Purdy died and the investigation is ongoing.
Ricky Dodson is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches, and 158 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 483-6601.
Staff writer Jordan Fifer contributed to this report.
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