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Mother suspected of taking Viola girl

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Staff Writer

A 15-year-old Viola girl is missing and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department thinks her mother is the culprit.

Kimberly L. Hodges, 48, of Springfield, Mo., has been charged with one count of interference with custody, a class D felony after the Nov. 29 disappearance of her daughter.

Investigators said it is believed that Hodges took her daughter back to Springfield.

Heather's father, Chuck Hodges, said his daughter was scheduled to be picked up by her mother from Viola School the day of the disappearance.

Instead, Heather rode the bus after school to her grandmother's house.

Hodges said shortly after Heather arrived at his mother's house, she received a phone call from her mother. He said after the phone call, Heather picked up her coat and left.

It was the last time Heather was seen.

Hodges said his daughter told several of her friends at school that her mother was taking her to Springfield and then to Mexico.

Officials at the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said Heather Hodges' name had been placed on the National Crime Information Center's list.

Fulton County chief jailer Jo Cunningham said the sheriff's office has been in contact with authorities in Springfield.

Cunningham said authorities would not issue an Amber Alert in this case. She said because of Heather's age and the fact she is presumed to be with her mother, the alert would be unnecessary.

The Amber Alert system is used by law enforcement officials across the country to track missing children.

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