Not a day goes by that Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard doesn't reflect on the case involving Regina (Rowe) Hicks.
Hicks, a former Willard resident, died in October 2001. Her body was discovered in the passenger's seat of her white Camaro, which was found submerged in a pond near Section Line Road 30 in rural Willard.
The official ruling on the cause of Hicks' death was drowning.
"The manner of death is pending," Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said this week.
Howard, then a detective, investigated the Hicks case. Now the county sheriff, Howard is still the lead investigator on that case. Howard now says authorities "are very close to solving this case."
He and other officials, as well as the victim's mother and friends, spoke to the Reflector about the case for a front-page story in Thursday's paper. It's the first installment of a three-part series about unsolved deaths in Huron County. So you don't miss stories such as these, sign up for home delivery by calling 419-668-3771 or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of each issue) for less than $1 per week and read the full-version of the stories online.