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Remains of Fluvanna Man Missing Since 2004 Found in Albemarle

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UPDATE 5/16/2014: The Albemarle County Police Department has announced that reward of up to $10,000 is available through CrimeStoppers for information that would lead to a successful resolution of the investigation.

Albemarle County police got a big break in the case of a missing man dating back a decade. The case of Jesse Hicks had gone cold but now it's heating up. His remains have been discovered far from his Fluvanna County home.

Jesse Hicks was last seen in 2004. Fluvanna County sheriff's investigators say the 46-year-old left his Antioch home for work on the morning of September 1 and never returned. His Ford F-150 truck was found on September 5 in Nelson County.

Albemarle County police say a person found the remains on Wednesday May 7 and they were positively identified on Friday May 9.

Albemarle police are being tight-lipped about the discovery, only saying it happened in the Keene area. Police aren't telling us the exact location because only someone with knowledge of the case would know this specific location.

Police also won't say how the remains were discovered. 

The Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond says the cause and manner of death are still pending.
  
If you have any information about the new revelations in this case, police want to hear from you, call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
An active investigation is underway after human remains were discovered in the southern part of Albemarle County.

On the evening of May 7th, an individual discovered human remains near Keene. The police department was notified and recovered the remains which were sent to the Medical Examiners Office.

The Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified the remains as those of Jesse Hicks. Hicks was reported as missing in 2004 from Fluvanna County.

The case into the disappearance and death of Jesse Hicks has been reopened and is actively being investigated by the Albemarle County Police Department in coordination with Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office. Since this is an active investigation, we will not be releasing additional information surrounding the circumstances of the case.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Jessie Hicks is urged to contact Detective Phil Giles with the Albemarle County Police Department at (434)972-4047 or Crime Stoppers at (434)977-4000.
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