A grand jury will decide where enough evidence exists to charge a Greenwood-area man in connection with the 2002 disappearance of Brookley Louks, the Johnson County prosecutor said Friday.
Earlier this week, Prosecutor Lance Hamner said new information obtained from Joseph Nowicki (pictured, left) in police interviews prompted Hamner to consider charges. But on Friday, he said evidence is largely circumstantial, so he'll let a grand jury decide.
Nowicki, 54, whose doctors say he is dying of throat cancer, has long been named a suspect but is not charged in the Greenwood woman's disappearance. He recently was in federal custody on a firearms charge, but a judge released him last week so he could die at home.
Hamner said Nowicki has suggested that Louks' father, Scott Louks -- who died in November of methadone and alcohol intoxication -- had something to do with the disappearance.
"(Nowicki) has made statements that suggest that Brookley's father was responsible for (the disappearance)," Hamner said Friday.
However, police have only ever named Nowicki as a suspect in the case.
Brookley Louks was 19 when she was reported missing June 24, 2002, and has not been seen since. Authorities believe she is dead.
Police in September said drops of what they believed to be Louks' blood were found on Nowicki's property. The blood was found during a search July 17, 2002, police said.
Louks (pictured, right) used to do errands for Nowicki, who was a friend of her father.
Nowicki has denied involvement in the disappearance.
RTV6 reported last month that Nowicki recently hinted in a letter to authorities that he has information that could help the probe.
RTV6 reported Nowicki wrote the following: "If I were to tell you all I know right now, then your case would be cleared up." RTV6 learned of the letter through a source on condition that the source not be identified.
Hamner said the grand jury could be assembled in two weeks. Nowicki, who is confined to his home, could be called to testify, the prosecutor said.
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