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
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.