Heather Lynn Higgins

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Above Images: Higgins, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 20, 2010 from Spokane, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1971
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'8, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/hazel eyes. Higgins has knife wound scars on her chest and upper back, and she may be missing a nail on one of her big toes. Her ears are pierced two or three times each. Higgins has scoliosis. She wears eyeglasses for driving and occasionally for reading. She is a heavy smoker.
  • Medical Conditions: Higgins suffers from bipolar disorder and requires medication to control her condition. She doesn't take the medication consistently and has been hospitalized for her condition before. Without her medication, Higgins may have panic attacks and paranoid delusions.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Higgins was last seen in Spokane, Washington on September 20, 2010. She left her apartment on 10th and Cherry that day with a male acquaintance. She was carrying her purse and a backpack or duffle bag at the time. Her acquaintance said he dropped her off at home later, but no one saw her go inside. She has never been heard from again.

    Higgins was hospitalized for bipolar disorder shortly before her disappearance. She had been in the process of moving to another apartment, and while she was in the hospital, someone burglarized her apartment and stole the money she'd saved for her rent deposit. She was on probation for driving under the influence and wasn't allowed to drive, and she was having serious financial problems and under a great deal of stress.

    Higgins left behind her car, wallet, keys, toothbrush and other belongings, as well as her pet cats. She was a journalism student at Eastern Washington University at the time of her disappearance. She has two misdemeanor warrants out for her arrest, but authorities don't believe she's running from the law. Since she went missing, she hasn't used her cellular phone or accessed her bank account. Authorities believe Higgins may have been the victim of a homicide. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Spokane Police Department
    509-625-4041

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Washington State Missing Persons Search
    KHQ 6
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Idaho Spokesman-Review
    KREM
    KNDU
    Spokane Police Department
    Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest
    Facebook Page for Heather Higgins
    The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 17, 2013; medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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