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Donald Ray Hodges
Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service

Investigation Into May Murder In Catawba County Continues, Suspect Being Sought

A suspect in a Catawba County murder is still being sought. The crime occurred nearly eight months ago. The Conover Police Department along with the U.S. Marshal’s Service is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 49-year-old Donald Ray Hodges.

Hodges is wanted for murder in connection to the death of 48-year-old Tinikia Hodges. Her body was found May 5 in her Conover home. As WHKY previously reported, shortly before 5 p.m. on that date, Conover Police responded to the 700 block of 2nd Street S.W. in Conover in reference to a deceased female inside a residence.

murder victim Tinikia Hodges
image from Facebook

Family members had contacted police after they went to check on the victim when she failed to show up for work on May 5. Upon arrival, Officers found Ms. Hodges body in the residence. The victim appeared to have died as the result of a gunshot wound.

Tinikia’s family and friends raised a $5,000 reward for the safe capture of Donald Ray Hodges into Police Custody. The US Marshals later upped the offer by $5,000 to make the total $10K for the capture of Donald Ray Hodges.

Courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service

The suspect is described as a black male, 6’6”, approximately 275 pounds. He was last known to be operating a black 2010 Nissan Altima with Chrome wheels. The North Carolina license tag reads ALL-5945.

Photo courtesy of Conover Police Department

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of Donald Ray Hodges, please contact the U.S. Marshal’s tip line at 888-Wanted-2 or submit a tip online at