Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Hodgkinson was last seen at his mother's house in the 3800 block of Pheasant Street on September 11, 1988. Hodgkinson was a welder, had came in that afternoon to shower, then headed out to pick up a part for a grinder that needed to be painted. His mother knew he was planning to come back soon, because he left his welding equipment out, something he never did for long periods of time. Hodgkinson told her not to worry about making him anything for supper, because he would eat while he was out. According to reports, Hodgkinson left his mother’s Pinehurst home to visit with his employer and give him the status of the welding job in progress. He disappeared after leaving his boss’ home.
Four days later his family reported him as missing.
Ray Hodgkinson’s gray and black 1988 Dodge Dakota was found abandoned by a person in the woods off of FM 1130 by an abandoned oil well. The man told police he had seen it the day after the disappearance but didn’t know it was related to the incident. He reported the truck to officials when he returned about 10 days later and it was still there. Missing from the locked truck was an automatic gun which had been stashed behind the seat. The keys are also reported missing. The jack which was also behind was the seat was found in the bed of the pickup. The windshield wipers were in an upright position, indicating it may have been raining when the pickup was parked. Investigators felt the pickup was parked away from the crime scene to act as a diversion.
Intensive searches were conducted by police, deputies, friends, families and civic organizations. Hodgkinson didn’t drink or do drugs and wasn’t in situations where something could happen to him because he mostly was a “homebody.” Three days before his disappearance, he told a convenience store clerk, “ he knew something serious, but wasn’t going to say anything unless it went to court and then he would testify.” Foul play is suspected.
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