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Virginia Man Indicted For Murder Of Girlfriend Who Went Missing In 2012
Paul Reivens “Scooter” Jordan II reported Heather Hodges missing from her home in Rocky Mount, Virginia in April 2012, and police say he has always been a person of interest in her death.
A Virginia man currently serving time in a state prison has been indicted on murder charges related to the disappearance of his girlfriend, who vanished a decade ago.
Paul Reivens “Scooter” Jordan II, 49, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday in the 2012 death of Heather Hodges, according to court filings obtained by Oxygen.com. Hodges body has yet to be recovered by investigators.
He was charged with second-degree murder and concealing a dead body.
“[We] would like to express gratitude for the members of the office of the sheriff, past and present, who have worked diligently over the past 10 years on this case to bring justice and provide closure for Ms. Hodges’ family and loved ones,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement sent to Oxygen.com on Friday morning.
Jordan reported Hodges missing from her home in Rocky Mount, Virginia, in April 11, 2012 — two days after she had last been seen alive by her family members, the press release stated.
Jordan claimed to have run to get Hodges a Blizzard at a nearby Dairy Queen around 10:30 p.m. on April 9, but she was gone when he got home, according to the Roanoke Times. Her sister had dropped her off at the couple's house at 6:30 a.m. that morning after Heather had spent a few days staying with her family.
Jordan had been a person of interest in Hodges’ disappearance from the case’s early stages, but had managed to avoid any charges in Hodges’ disappearance until now.
Over the years, investigators were always adamant that the case remained active.
“Heather’s disappearance has always been an active investigation and has never been considered a cold case,” the sheriff’s statement added. Although much information and evidence was gathered, no criminal charges were made related to the case.”
Investigators reportedly received a break in the case after Jordan was arrested in an unrelated incident in July 2017. He pleaded guilty to abduction by force or intimidation in June 2018 and received a 10 year sentence, according to court documents reviewed by Oxygen.com.
“Since that time, the investigation has continued, yielding significant additional evidence of Jordan’s involvement in Heather’s disappearance and death, although her body has not yet been located,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.
The news of Jordan’s indictment was welcomed by Hodges’ family, who insisted charges were long overdue.
“There’s never been any other doubt in my mind that it was him,” Crystal Songer, Hodge’s sister, told Roanoke television station WDBJ.
Over the past decade, Songer said she’s fiercely advocated for justice on her sister’s behalf.
“If she was still here today and this would’ve happened to somebody else just say, she would be standing right besides me ready to fight just as hard as I am,” she added.
Jordan had been arrested on April 5, 2012 — less than a week before Heather Hodges disappeared — on misdemeanor assault charges for an attack on Paula Hodges, Heather's mother, according to WTOP News and court records reviewed by Oxygen.com. According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Paula Hodges said that Jordan had thrown a chair and metal toys at her before chasing her out of the couple's home with a baseball bat.
Jordan was ultimately convicted in that case in July 2012 and given a one-year suspended sentence.
He'd previously been convicted in 2007 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
No further information was immediately released by law enforcement regarding the murder case this week, and the investigation into Hodge’s death remains active and ongoing. A public information officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office refrained from commenting on the case this week.
Jordan is currently being held at Green Rock Correctional Center, according to online state jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. He had previously been expected to be released in February 2025.
It’s unclear if he’s retained legal counsel in the pending homicide case involving his former girlfriend Hodges. A hearing in the matter has been set for April 27 at 8:15 a.m., online court records show.
Anyone with further information as to the whereabouts of Hodges remains is urged to contact homicide investigators at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office by calling 540-483-0000.