A Kentucky woman “disappeared” last week after leaving work, but in an unexpected turn of events, she has gone from a missing person to a wanted fugitive.
Jennifer Hicks, 31, was employed by Lake Chem Community Federal Credit Union. After she mysteriously went missing, the credit union discovered “irregularities” in some of their records, according to The Huffington Post.
Authorities have since obtained a felony arrest warrant for Hicks on a theft charge involving more than $10,000.
Prior to this discovery, Hicks’ case was being treated as a missing persons investigation. Now, police intend to track her down as a fugitive.
"Our evidence doesn't show that there is an abductor here," Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger told Western Kentucky's WPSD-TV. "Our evidence more tends to show that maybe she has gotten away for a minute, maybe to gather her thoughts or whatever, and we hope she comes back safely."
Calls to her cellphone go straight to voicemail and authorities have been unsuccessful at pinning her location using her cellphone. "There are just no leads, no clues, nothing," Hicks' ex-husband, Eric Hicks, told HuffPost last week. "Tips they get turn into dead ends."
According to her ex-husband, Hicks was a great mother to their 8-year-old daughter and the disappearance is totally out of character – his statements actually make it believable that she made an impulsive decision to escape the trouble she faced from work.
Sheriff Steger said that he hopes the warrant doesn’t deter Hicks from going back home, claiming that she could get through this troubling matter upon her return.
“It's not the end of the world," Steger said. “It’s something that I think somebody can work through. We're hoping that maybe she's gotten away for a minute and is going to come back home and is going to work through everything, that's what we're hoping.”
It’s pretty unlikely that if Hicks truly took $10,000 from the credit union that she has any intention of returning home or owning up to her crime. We can surmise that she knew exactly what she was doing and had this plan in motion for quite some time.
With any luck, authorities may be able to lure her by using her daughter as bait, but how traumatic would that be for a kid?
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