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    SC-Crystal Hicks, 18, Blenheim, 2001

    Crystal Carol Hicks missing from Blenheim, SC since August 9,2001. Classification: endangered missing Date of Birth: November 18, 1982 Brown Hair and eyes Height: 5'5" Weight: 160 lbs. Distinguishing Characteristics: scar on right side of neck Race: American Indian Details: Crystal was last seen leaving her residence on Hwy. 38 in Blenheim, SC on Aug. 9, 2001. She was wearing a red shirt and beige shorts. She had a diamond earring in her left ear and a rope bracelet at the time. She was accompanied by her boyfriend who had allegedly made death threats against her. Since her disappearance he has not cooperated with the investigation and has retained an attorney. Investigating Agency: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office (843) 479-5605 Link (includes photo): www.doenetwork.us.nampn/cases/hicks_crystal.html

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    News Article-Oct. 31, 2006

    Marlboro County Sheriffs Deputies renewed their plea for help in the case of a young woman who went missing more than five years ago.

    On August 9, 2001, investigators say 18-year-old Crystal Hicks left her mother's house on Highway 38, but they aren't so sure she left voluntarily. Searches turned up nothing on Hicks' whereabouts.

    Now, investigators say a person of interest in the case has passed away, and now the investigation, in effect, is back to square one. http://www.scnow.com/midatlantic/scp...0-31-0008.html
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    SC-Crystal Hicks missing Aug.9th 2001

    Search For Missing Marlboro Teen Takes Back Step

    Marlboro County Sheriffs Deputies renewed their plea for help in the case of a young woman who went missing more than five years ago.

    On August 9, 2001, investigators say 18-year-old Crystal Hicks left her mother's house on Highway 38, but they aren't so sure she left voluntarily. Searches turned up nothing on Hicks' whereabouts.

    http://www.scnow.com/midatlantic/scp...0-31-0008.html

    http://www.ncmissingpersons.org/cold_case_file.htm




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    Deputies in the Pee Dee are looking for answers after someone found a human skull.
    According to Cheif Deputy Tom Gainey of the Darlington County Sheriffs Office, the skull was discovered off Old Georgetown Road, on the eastern side of the county on Friday.
    Investigators have no leads at this point as to the identity, and Chief Gainey said nothing else was found nearby, and he said it's clear the skull had not been put there recently. The distance between Crystal's home and this location is about 20 miles. No connection to her has been made in this case, she just happened to enter my mind when I heard about the skull find. I guess we'll have to wait and hear more when the skull is examined.http://www.scnow.com/midatlantic/scp...2-10-0015.html
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    Skull found could have a connection to a missing person's case

    Thursday, Dec 13, 2007 - 08:19 PM


    http://http://www.scnow.com/midatlan...2-13-0021.html

    Marlboro County investigators could be closer to completing a missing person’s case that they've been working on for the past six years.

    Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight told News13, the skull a hunter found last week in Darlington County could be that of Crystal Hicks, a young woman who went missing on August 9, 2001.
    Now more than six years later Vivian Caulder could have the answer of what happened to her 18-year-old daughter.
    "It's been rough, real rough. I was hoping one day it would come to this. To find out the truth about my daughter and now I think it's coming up," said Vivian Caudler, Crystal Hicks' mother.
    Caulder said Crystal Hicks was last seen outside her home.
    "I thought she was gonna come back. Now I know she ain't ever gonna come back," said Caulder.
    Within the past week a hunter found a skull and deputies believe it could be hicks'.
    "So many bodies have been found since 2001, and I just got this feeling it's her" said Caulder.
    While Vivian Caulder said soon she may be getting the closure she's been wanting, ultimately it's not the answer she wants to hear.
    "I’ve been hoping one day she would come back in this place. Then one minute I swear she's not coming back. That's what hurts the most,"

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    http://http://www.scnow.com/midatlan...2-22-0006.html

    Skull is missing woman's
    Officials confirm Crystal Hicks, who went missing in 2001, was pregnant at time of death

    Saturday, Dec 22, 2007 - 09:43 PM Updated: 07:58 AM


    By Jamie Durant
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    Dental records have determined that the human skull found by a hunter in Darlington County is that of missing person Crystal Hicks, according to Darlington County Chief Deputy Tom Gainey.
    Gainey said the remains did test positively as those of Hicks, however, the remainder of the investigation will be primarily in the hands of Marlboro County officials, since Hicks was from that area.
    “The only thing we’re releasing is that (the skull) was positively identified as Ms. Hicks, who has been missing nearly seven years,” Gainey said.
    Hicks disappeared Aug. 9, 2001, from her mother’s home in Blenheim. Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight said it was confirmed that Hicks was pregnant the night she went missing.
    “I talked with (Vivian Caulder, Hicks’ mother) just a little while ago, and she basically said before (Hicks) left home that night, she told her she was pregnant,” he said.
    But Knight said he doesn’t know if that will have an effect on the investigation at this point.
    He said Caulder did inform officers of the possible pregnancy at the time of her daughter’s disappearance in 2001. But based on the recent discovery, there are plans to renew the investigation into what happened that night.
    “Marlboro County, Darlington County and (S.C. Law Enforcement Division) SLED are going to be joining together and make an attempt to see if there are any other remains,” Knight said. “We might find some evidence in the wooded area.”
    He said the discovery of her remains could be a key to unlocking the mystery of what really happened to Crystal Hicks.
    “Pretty much what has happened, she went missing back in August of 2001, and we never ever came close to finding anything out about her whereabouts,” he said.
    Knight said he hopes that people who knew Hicks will come forward with information that might help uncover clues about her disappearance.

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    Crystal's remains were found in DEC 2007. Her identity was confirmed by dental records.

    Her Husband Mark Howard Hicks was convicted of second-degree murder for her murder and sentenced to the maximum allowed.

    I was able to read articles that had been posted to the helpfindthemissing. org website but can't bring the links here for the articles because they are broken.

    I did find a document that is for this trial and outlines the crime.

    http://www.fearnotlaw.com/articles/article22622.html

    Rest in Peace Crystal. And your unborn child too.
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