GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A missing person’s case investigated by Grants Pass police since 2010 has come to a close with the young women being located. Samantha Hicks was just 15 when she was reported missing after running away from her family in December of 2010.
If it weren’t for Samantha Hick’s appetite and a national pizza chain’s receipt, Grants Pass Police and Samantha Hicks’ family may still be wondering where she is and if she’s okay.
In late 2010 15 year-old Samantha was reported missing and was last known to be on a bus headed to Seattle. Years went by without hearing a word, but police continued to chase possible leads all over the country from Louisville Kentucky, to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dozens of tips poured in from across the country while she was missing, including some that came in as recently as November. Then, on New Year’s Eve, Grants Pass got a call from a now 18 year-old Hicks who was safe and had been living in Utah.
“She didn’t realize she was listed nationally as a missing person, and so one day she ordered Domino’s pizza and as she looked at the back of the receipt, she saw her picture,” said Grants Pass Police Sgt. Dan Evans.
Grants Pass Police got her back in touch with her mother and say they have patched things up and Samantha is trying to make her way back to Grants Pass.