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Sheena Baxter's sister trying to stay optimistic

Posted at 5:29 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 18:20:41-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — The sister of a missing Georgetown woman is trying to stay optimistic, but Christa Crumley admits it's getting harder.

"I'm just so lost. I'm hoping to hear the truth," Crumley said.

Thirty-two-year-old Sheena Baxter vanished outside Crumley's mobile home the evening of February 14th. She hasn't been seen or heard from since and that's highly unusual, according to Crumley.

Baxter's ex-boyfriend, Joseph Hicks, is expected to be arraigned on unrelated charges Tuesday in Scott County District Court. He faces tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief and falsely reporting an incident.

Police say the charges against Hicks stem from the same date she went missing. According to the police report, Hicks was found with a gunshot wound to the wrist and allegedly claimed he had been shot by a "large black male" during a robbery attempt at Walmart.

The citation states investigators reviewed surveillance video and talked with people at the store and determined that Hicks' vehicle was not seen in the area and no one reported hearing any gunshots.

The report said investigators later determined that Hicks was in a semi truck at Phoenix Transportation in Georgetown prior to the shooting. Police said they found damage from a bullet inside that truck and also observed Hicks on surveillance video two days later with cleaning supplies in alleged effort to cover up evidence.

Christa Crumley has lots of questions for Hicks, telling LEX 18, "Why was he cleaning out his truck so much?"

Hicks remains in the Scott County Detention Center. He has declined requests for interviews.