Looking back: Scene suspicious

As years go by, we look at calendars. They remind us of birthdays, anniversaries, and we are reminded of past events, some happy, some sad. Six years ago in the newsroom of this publication, it was learned a body was discovered inside a car at the bottom of a pond, probably an accident, in the southwestern corner of Huron County. I was dispatched to the scene for pictures aware that the vehicle, body and investigators had cleared the scene.
Lou Reda
Jul 25, 2010

 

As years go by, we look at calendars. They remind us of birthdays, anniversaries, and we are reminded of past events, some happy, some sad.

Six years ago in the newsroom of this publication, it was learned a body was discovered inside a car at the bottom of a pond, probably an accident, in the southwestern corner of Huron County. I was dispatched to the scene for pictures aware that the vehicle, body and investigators had cleared the scene.

When I returned, I said it was not an accident scene because it lacked any physical evidence normally discovered at such an incident. There was no damage to any nearby guardrails; I didn't see any pieces of vehicle debris as if the Camaro had overturned into the pond and no gouges in the grass near the pond. The scene appeared closer to that of a vehicle that was disposed of by the owner for other purposes.

Huron County sheriff's detectives left yellow evidence tape at the scene. There was a small cross made from stones a couple feet from the shore where the vehicle was recovered. There also were the remains of a bouquet of red baby roses.

The body of a young woman, discovered in the passenger seat of a cramped passenger compartment, was transported to the Lucas County Corner's Office where an autopsy was performed. From that report, Huron County Corner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood ruled the deceased, Regina Hicks, died from drowning.

Given the information at hand, many would jump to the conclusion the death was the result of a suicide by a troubled young woman. However, the Lucas County Coroner noted Hicks was struck on the back of her head with a blunt instrument before she died.

The vehicle, a white Camaro, entered the pool across from a tall embankment that shielded the entry point from passing traffic on Section Line Road 30. A prudent person would come to the conclusion that foul play was involved in the death of Regina Hicks. Who would have the motive to kill this young mother?

On the passenger seat of the car, a phrase describing a popular motion picture DVD case is visible that reads, "The ending you'll never forget."

After six years, the citizens of this county and the victim's family deserve an ending. Who killed Regina Hicks?

More information is needed to solve this case. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in this incident by contacting detectives at the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff photographer Lou Reda was a state trooper for 11 years before joining the Reflector in 2000. His state Highway Patrol training included how to evaluate and investigate vehicle crash sites.