October 30 marks one year since the unsolved murder of 30-year-old Cornelius Hodges. A year later, his parents are still searching for answers.
Kenny Perry, Hodges’s dad says this past year has been unbearable, mostly because he still has many answers. Who killed his son and why?
Hodges’s body was found days after his mother, Diane Perry, filed a missing-person report on Oct. 25 of last year, behind a home near 30th and Hamilton. A neighbor who found the body originally thought it might something related to Halloween. Omaha Police later said his death was being investigated as a homicide.
“This is a hard day for me. I went to work. I thought about it all day. It just tears my heart apart. Not knowing who did this and who would want to kill an innocent angel like my son,” said Perry.
Perry told investigators her son left her home near 41st and Ohio Streets at 2 a.m. days before his disappearance to walk home, something she said “he did often. He was a walker.” His parents also later said their son wasn’t intoxicated or on drugs.
“I just want justice. That’s all I’ve ever been asking for is justice. That’s all I want for my son. So he can rest in peace,” said Perry.
OPD told 3 News Now the case is still open but have no updates. There is a Crime Stoppers reward for information that could lead to an arrest. Police urge people to call Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.