1972~Feb. 5, 1984
12 yrs. old
It was supposed to be an easy 10-or 15-minute amble at dusk along nine mostly residential blocks for a dinner of cabbage and potatoes at her grandmother’s house. But Jessica Hatch, 12, never arrived, and precisely what happened 32 years ago in the 20 minutes or half-hour between the time she set out and when her uncle went looking for her remains unsolved, tormenting her family and a mournful community. Her remains were found on Apr. 12th of that year on Watkins Road in a rural, wooded area of Rockville in Hanover County. Her upper torso was found more than two months later in a remote part of Hanover County, dragged, it appeared, by animals from among a thicket of trees and brush across the street to the backyard of a mobile home.