Four months later and hundreds of miles away from her home in Franklin County, Shirley Hodges remains were found in Cherokee County, Alabama.
We've learned more about the discovery from investigators on the other end of this case, in Alabama.
The chief investigator explained that Cherokee County has a low violent crime rate.
They may have one murder case a year, and it's been decades since unidentified human remains have been discovered there.
It was afternoon on October 1st when Alabama investigators got the call about human remains found in a rural area of their county.
"Some hunters were preparing their hunting property and was clearing off some property and some children with the hunters actually located the remains of Shirley Ann Hodges," said Chief Investigator Bo Jolly with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in Alabama.
Shirley Hodges disappeared on August 31st from her Franklin County home after an argument with her boyfriend, Stanley Crotts.
Crotts killed himself in a Texas motel room.
Jolly said the partially decomposed remains were confirmed to be Hodges this week.
"It's a real rural area. Heavy bush, trees, wooded areas and there was a clearing just off 68 where the remains were found," he explained.
Jolly said there weren't any obvious wounds or injuries but said it's likely Crotts killed her.
"Generally when you find remains in an area like that, there's obviously some questions that's going to start arising," Jolly said.
Jolly contacted a nearby forensic scientist to help in the case.
A week or so later, Franklin County investigators got involved.
"Makes you feel good that you can close a case that otherwise could have went on for years," said Jolly.
Hodges' remains are with the medical examiner in Huntsville, Alabama.
The office is working to determine how Hodges died.
After that, her remains will be returned to her family for burial.