Heriford's Husband Requests To Stop Alimony Payments, Judge Says No

By: Karen Morfitt/KKTV Email
By: Karen Morfitt/KKTV Email

A judge has denied the request to cease alimony payments made by the estranged husband of a missing Springs woman.

The judge ordered Bob Heriford to continue paying alimony in the amount of $2,500/month, even though his wife remains missing. Court documents show that Bob Heriford had asked the court to let him stop paying alimony to Debbie Heriford because the money is not being used. Bob Heriford's lawyer says that he is concerned that the payments would accumulate, and unfairly count against Debbie Heriford's financial settlement in the divorce. The attorney also says that Bob Heriford is considering what to do next in the divorce proceedings, since Debbie Heriford has been missing so long.

The judge is allowing Bob Heriford to sell a home the couple owns, but for now, any money he makes will have to be put into a trust account.

11 News learned on last week that Debbie Heriford's estranged husband was planning to get remarried, just weeks after his wife went missing. A blog posting on the Web site Missing Persons of America said Bob Heriford and his fiancé were planning a wedding this weekend. 11 News has since confirmed that the wedding planned for a Colorado resort has been canceled. It is unknown if the wedding is off, or just canceled at that venue.

Colorado Springs police have also confirmed that a car belonging to Bob Heriford's girlfriend was impounded by officers, and is now part of the investigation into Debbie Heriford's disappearance.

Debbie Heriford hasn't been seen since March 31, 2011. She and her husband Bob had filed for divorce but it wasn't finalized when she disappeared. She was last seen near her home in the area of Dublin and Vickers on the north side of Colorado Springs.

Police are now calling this case a homicide investigation which means they believe Debbie is dead, but right now they are not saying why and they have not named any suspects.

If you have any information regarding Debbie Heriford's disappearance, you're asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP. 11 News will continue to dig for further updates in this story.


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  • by Dan Location: Tex on Sep 2, 2011 at 02:19 AM
    Anon(or should i say Karen) my mother NEVER cheated on my father. He may have told you he left her for this reason, but the fact is she would never. My mom wanted to make her marriage work. Karen i wonder if my dad ever told you he went crying to my mom asking her to take him back before she went missing? I have never told anyone i believe my father had anything to do with this. But like a previous comment said if it quacks like a duck, sounds like a duck it must be a duck. A normal person in my dad's situation would not approach three of his four children the night he is presented with a search warrant for his home (and yes two of his children did live with him and gave full consent to search as well) and tell them he "does not care what you think" in a drunkin stooper (in his pleading text the next morning he admitted he shouldn't have been drinking, DUH). I'm sorry but if i was basiclly being accused of killing my wife i would do anything and everything i could do to coinvince my family i had nothing to do with it. You might say a family should automaticlly believe in one of their own. I would agree with you, but the fact is before he came over that night drunk we were all talking about how we wanted to make sure he didn't feel abdonded by us. Our feelings changed when i had to call the police to get him to leave. Take it for what it is. but i pity you Karen.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    When she first went missing,her friends were going around with flyers. I have one in my shop & I see them everywhere. I pray for her & her poor children.
  • by Jan on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    Anon, I can only assume your comments come from someone who does NOT know Debbie. At all. Very sad that you would so malign her here as whoever told you such things was a liar. Sad.
  • by D Location: cs on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    I agree with Just Saying, hopefully you have spoken with police about your findings. I'm vegetarian so crow is out of the question but I do hope the truth comes out soon.
  • by Just Saying on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Everyone is already condemning the husband but I have to wonder if the fiance shouldn't be just as suspicious to you all? Either of them could have been in on it and quite likely together. For Anon-even if Debbie had cheated (for the sake of argument)that does not justify homicide. And since you seem to know her so personally, I hope you are passing along any information about these supposed other men she was associating with to the police so they can clear your friend.
  • by Anon Location: COS on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    How about the fact Debbie was cheating on him and that was the reason they were getting divorced? How about the fact the the daughters were actually living with he and his new girlfriend? How about the fact that he was seeing this woman and they were planning this marriage long before Debbie went missing? There are two sides to every story people. All they're focusing on is him. How about focusing on her? She was definitely no angel. Multiple affairs and an illicit lifestyle. maybe they need to check into some of the other men she was associating with. I don't believe he's guilty, and I know his new wife to be personally. You would be hard pressed to find a kinder or more compassionate person. I can't wait for the truth to come out and all of you desktop detectives are eating crow!
  • by D Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    Oblivious, that is exactly what you are. So many of you posting lately have nothing but critcism. Why don't you stop reading and watching KKTV then and go somewhere else? The other news outlets in the area will properly suit your needs since KKTV us the best.
  • by D Location: cs on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    May the truth come out soon in this case. This must be so draining and heart-wrenching for the kids and Debbie's friends. The truth will come out you know.
  • by Not Oblivious on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    To Oblivious : The alimony SHOULD be part of the estate for the children - until she is proven dead. And, working in law enforcement related field for 15 years, I have seen that domestic violence accounts for the majority of violent deaths. This case would be in that category if evidence is found. People that are totally "normal" commit these horrible crimes, and it is shocking. The spouses are always considered when someone dies suspiciously. I appreciate KKTV reporting the details. I hope he is innocent and she is just taking a vacation, but If it walks like a duck, look like a duck, sounds like a duck...
  • by Oblivious Location: Purple City on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    KKTV, how are these "new" details germane in the effort to locate this woman? You are turning this into nothing more than gossip reporting. Of course he wants to stop paying alimony to a missing and presumed dead woman. Even the police has stated that it is now a homicide investigation. How much more do you want to milk this? Do you really want to enrage and spur on these nuts who think the husband did it? Who would be culpable if one of these individuals decide to take the law into their own hands? Mr. Heriford if you are reading this, contact DFAS and ensure that they send checks not direct deposit. You can't know for sure this is not a farce, so let the checks accumulate until this is settled. Take the fight to the estate because I am sure your ungrateful daughters will attempt to claim the alimony as part of the estate. Good Luck.
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