MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The man investigators named a person of interest in the death of 23-year-old Joshua Duncan is now in custody. The Mobile County Sheriff's Office arrested Dennis Hicks for violating parole. He has not been charged with Duncan's murder, but he is on parole for a 1979 double homicide in Mississippi.
FOX10 spoke with Duncan's family and friends about the arrest.
The Cox family lives right down the street from where Duncan lived. They called him their "neighborhood son." They remember when Duncan first told them about meeting Dennis Hicks, a man who served a 25 year sentence for a double homicide in Wayne County, Mississippi.
"It's turned out to be a living nightmare because now we miss him," said Duncan family friend Cheryl Cox.
Cox said it's living nightmare because she claims no one knew Hicks was a convicted murderer. The victim's family agrees. Duncan's grandmother, Dorothy "Dot" Hudson said if she had known that fact, it would have been reason enough to keep Duncan, a young man with special needs, away.
"He would have never, ever, ever been around my special needs son. Ever!" said Hudson.
Now, with Christmas right around the corner, the Cox family looks back on the bike they bought Duncan last year.
"I remember the day we gave it to him. He was in love with it - very happy," said Cox with tears streaming down her face.
Duncan's remains were found in a wooded area off of Myland Avenue on October 24. DNA results confirmed the remains as those of Joshua Duncan, and investigators named Dennis Hicks a person of interest. Investigators said he was the last person known to be with Duncan the day he disappeared.
According to investigators, Hicks said he was with Duncan the day of his disappearance but had nothing to do with his murder. We'll continue following this story and bring you the details as they are made available.
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