|Derick Higgins Missing since 3/21/13 |
from Smithfield, IL
Derick Higgins still hasn't returned.
On March 24, Derick's 1998 tan Buick LeSabre was found abandoned just outside Tallahassee, Fla. The car had been involved in a minor single car accident on Tharpe Street in which it left the roadway and ran over a road sign before coming to a stop. Derick has not been located.
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Search for Missing Illinois Man Expands to Florida
On the day of his disappearance, Higgins reportedly withdrew some money from the bank. At some point during the day, he also used his debit card to purchase gas in Creve Couer, Ill., about an hour away.
Derick's father, Tim Higgins, told Alexandra Sutter of WMBD/WYZZ that the disappearance was very unlike his son, who had been a stand-out athlete at Cuba High School and had never before missed a day of work. He admits that maybe his son had been a little depressed and withdrawn more recently.
Early on March 24, Higgins was classified as "missing and endangered" which, according to police, typically means that the person is depressed or could be a threat to himself.
Later that night, his 1998 tan Buick LeSabre was found abandoned just outside Tallahassee, Fla. The car had been involved in a minor single car accident on Tharpe Street in which it left the roadway and ran over a road sign before coming to a stop.
A passing police officer noticed the abandoned car and had it towed. It then sat in storage.
The car was finally traced back to Higgins after a towing company sent a bill for storage via registered mail to Higgins's address. The surprised family notified the Fulton County Sheriff's office in Illinois, which contacted the sheriff's office in Florida. The Florida authorities are working with the Illinois police to help find the missing man.
The authorities have not found a connection between Higgins and Florida, and no one is sure why he would go there.
The Fulton County Sheriff's office believes Higgins stopped for gas in Creve Couer, Ill., about an hour away, because his debit card was used. The office stated previously that they do not believe foul play was involved in the disappearance.
Derick's dad told WMBD/WYZZ that he just wants to know if his son is safe. "If he sees this or hears of us, just contact us. Let us know you're safe and OK. If you don't want to be found, we understand. We'll quit looking. We just want to know you're OK."
Higgins is 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Derick Allen Higgins is requested to contact the Leon County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or the Fulton County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office at (309) 547-2277.
Name/age: Derick Allen Higgins, 21
Last seen: 3/21/13 Smithfield, Ill.
Physical description: 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes wearing a dark-colored hoodie and blue jeans.
Notes: Higgins was driving a tan 1998 Buick LeSabre with a cracked/broken windshield and front bumper damage, license number is L987041. The car has since been recovered in Florida.
Status: Missing endangered
Leon County Sheriff's Office. (2013, April 18). Press Release: MISSING: Derick Allen Higgins From Illinois, Car Found on Tharpe Street. Retrieved July 2, 2013 from http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/MISSING-Derick-Allen-Higgins-203616501.html
Luciano, Phil. (2013, April 15). Missing Smithfield Man's Car Found in Florida. Journal Star. Retrieved July 2, 2013 from http://www.pjstar.com/news/x935165774/Missing-Smithfield-mans-car-found-in-Florida#axzz2XugbuedO
Staff article. (2013, April 15). Missing Smithfield man's car found with tow bill. Canton Daily Ledger. Retrieved July 2, 2013 from http://www.cantondailyledger.com/article/20130415/NEWS/130419378/1001/NEWS#axzz2XuvKbcAD
Sutter, Alexandra. (2013, April 1). Family Continues Search for 21-Year-Old Derick Higgins. WMBD/WYZZ.Retrieved July 2, 2013 from http://centralillinoisproud.com/fulltext?nxd_id=315552
Staff article. (2013, March 31). Former North Fulton sports star Derick Higgins reported missing. Gatehouse News Service. Retrieved July 2, 2013 from http://www.pjstar.com/free/x1037530685/Former-North-Fulton-sports-star-reported-missing#axzz2XugbuedO