Family Wants Answers After Loved One Taken Away 6 Years Ago

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CABOT, Ar.–It’s been six years since a Jacksonville woman’s body was found near the Ouachita National Forest. The family is speaking out for the first time seeking for answers and justice. Latasha Pierce said she feels like her sisters case was swept under the rug.

Pierce said her sister, Jackie Hibbs was a mother, daughter and friend to many. Pierce said they’re going to keep fighting until they have answers.

“She was the sweetest person. She would give you the shirt off her back,” said Pierce.

Latasha Pierce said her sister Jackie Hibbs went out to Lake Sylvia near the Ouachita National Forrest with a friend on July 14, 2012. The next day she got a call from Jackie’s friend.

“She told me your sisters gone missing. I was like what do you mean missing and she was like she was behind us in the water and we turned around and she was gone. I said what do you mean my sister can’t swim, she wouldn’t be in the water,” said Pierce.

Saline County detectives and officers from Game and Fish began searching for Hibbs. On July 19, 2012, Pierce said a passer-by spotted her body.

“When they found her it wasn’t much left of her,” said Pierce.

When the investigation started Pierce said there were no leads or suspects.

“People were brought in and they changed their story 3 different times,” said Pierce.

Now, six years later she fears detectives have forgotten about the case.

“It has been swept under the rug. I’ve called numerous times to find out what’s going, have they heard anything,” said Pierce.

And to the people responsible.

“You know who you are. it’s a very sad thing. she had a little girl and other kids,” said Pierce.

As the family continues to fight for justice, Pierce wishes she could see her sister one more time.

“I love her and I should have told her that day and I didn’t because I didn’t think it would be the last time I saw her,” said Pierce.

Pierce said they’ve started a Facebook and Go Fund Me page named, Justice for Jackie Hibbs. The money raised will be a cash reward for any information in her sisters case.

We also reached out to Lt. Jeffrey Silk  with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. He said he is going to research the case and provide an update Wednesday.

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