Trespassers have always been a problem along Ulatis Creek near Dixon, but Patrick Fretwell won't soon forget what he discovered Sunday. In the water was the body of 21-year-old Heather Lee Ann Hibbs of Vacaville.
Her body was face down in the water. Somebody dumped her there. "That's the kind of people that come out here," said Fretwell. "They're not fishermen. They're hoodlums and vandals. Some of them are dangerous and apparently some of them are murderers."
Hibbs had lived in Vacaville, but the young woman had problems. Last month, her parents put her into a drug rehabilitation center in Petaluma. The 21-year-old checked herself out just one day later.
Her family reported her missing on January 29th. Just two weeks later, her body was discovered in the creek south of Dixon. "We need to find out who she was with and what she was doing between January third and the time of her death," said homicide investigator Tom Ferrara of the Solano County Sheriff's Department. An autopy revealed Heather Hibbs died from blunt force trauma to the body.
Investigators aren't clear what connection, if any, there is to Hibbs' losing battle with drugs and her murder. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Brian Miller of the Solano County Sheriff's Office at (707) 421-7050.