UPDATE: Vandals Target Apartment Where Leah Hickman Was Murdered

By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/24/14 @ 6:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Who killed Leah Hickman? It's a question that many have asked for more than six years now. But overnight Wednesday, someone decided to put the investigation back in the public's view.

"I got a call early this morning from one of the neighbors saying they were distraught to find out when they walked out this morning the building across the street from them had been spray painted," Gary Ward said.

Ward and his son just purchased the building in the past six months. He says he was shocked to find someone had vandalized the building just to send a message.

"I'm aware of the tragedy that happened here," Ward said. "It was a sad day for the families involved and for the people of Huntington. That crime, I know, has gone unsolved. Hopefully, at some point in the future that will change."

"But the bottom line is, I bought the building with intent of renovating the building," Ward said. "This isn't doing anybody any good. There's a severe amount of damage here."

Ward is upset the building was targeted by vandals, especially since he's been trying to fix up the now infamous apartments, which have basically gone untouched until his renovations.

"It's my understanding that the building immediately went vacant and has been that way," Ward said. "The building had sat here and was becoming an eye sore for everyone who drives down 8th avenue and for the residents that live nearby."

Leah Hickman's father, Ron, is also stumped as to why someone would do this. Ron Hickman spoke with WSAZ.com via telephone, and says there's nothing new in the case. He says there's also no real significance with today's date relating to the investigation.

He says while he's happy people still care about the case, defacing property is not the way to go about it.

Gary Ward is now offering a reward for any information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible. If you think you can help, you're urged to call 304-522-1016.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/24/14 @ 1:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A murder case that has gone unsolved for more than six years is now back in the headlines.

Apparently, someone wants to make sure the Leah Hickman murder investigation is not forgotten.

Overnight, someone spray painted "Who killed Leah Hickman?" on the side of the 8th Avenue apartment building where Hickman's body was found in December 2007.

Leah's father, Ron Hickman, tells WSAZ.com that he doesn't know why someone would do this. He says there is nothing new in the investigation, and there's no real significance with today's date relating to the investigation.

Hickman says he's glad people still care, but defacing property is not right.

Leah Hickman was just 21-years-old when she was first reported missing on December 14, 2007.

A week later, police found her body wrapped in plastic inside a crawl space of her apartment building.

To this day, there have still been no arrests or answers as to what exactly happened.

Investigators believe it was not a random murder and the killer knew Leah.

Only a small amount of DNA was found at the scene, but with current technology, it was not enough to yield any evidence needed to move this case forward.

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