Ashley Standish Higgins
Higgins, approximately 1982
Date reported missing : 11/06/1982
Missing location (approx) :
Costa Mesa, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/02/1962 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 125 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Higgins has a C-shaped scar on her knee, and a scar on her chin from plastic surgery. Her two front teeth are false.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Higgins was last seen in Costa Mesa, California on November 6, 1982. She had graduated from Newport Harbor High School a year earlier and had an apartment in Costa Mesa. When she disappeared, she left her pet dog and cockatiel behind at her apartment.
Higgins and a female friend had gone to Las Vegas, Nevada and then separated. Her friend returned to California without her, and said she didn't know Higgins's whereabouts or that she hadn't returned home. She has never been heard from again.
Before her disappearance, Higgins was told she would inherit approximately $100,000 when she turned forty. Her fortieth birthday was in 2002, but Higgins never stepped forward to claim the money. Her disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
Costa Mesa Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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