Mother Taking Matters In Her Own Hands

WILLARD, Ohio – In the year since her daughter was murdered, a local mother has been doing whatever she possibly can to keep the case in the public eye, Action News' Paul Orlousky reported.

Lacella Holbrooks' dining room table speaks volumes about what she's been doing in the year since her daughter, Regina Hicks, was murdered. There are newspaper clippings, posters and handbills all designed to keep people talking about the case.

"Somewhere, somebody knows something," Holbrooks said. "It's just a matter of people being afraid to speak up."

No one has spoken up yet. No one knows just how Hicks (pictured, above) ended up beaten up inside of her car in a local pond, where she died of drowning.

The worst part is that she left behind a 5-year-old son, Montana.

"She used to buy me toys a lot," Montana told Action News. "I miss her."

Holbrooks misses her too, so she has bought a billboard -- one that has generated a lot of talk and a lot of speculation, according to shop owner Eldon Kinnard.

"I've heard that there have been leads and stuff but nothing they could really do anything about," Kinnard said.

Some of the speculation focuses on Regina's estranged husband, Paul Hicks. His mother said that she has heard the talk.

"I know Paul didn't do this," Jewel Hicks said. "I raised Paul. I know what kind of child he is, so I know Paul didn't do this."

Holbrooks said she knows that she might never learn how her daughter ended up in the pond, but she said that if she doesn't, it wouldn't be for a lack of trying.

Some people in Willard suspect a drug connection to the Hicks murder, as well as the slayings of two other young people in the past two years.