Search Continues For Springs Mom, Missing Two Weeks

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

It's been two weeks since anyone has seen or heard from 51-year-old Debbie Heriford.

The search goes on for the missing Colorado mother, as her family desperately seeks any clues that could possibly lead them to her. At this point, investigators say that they haven't turned up anything that can given them a direction to go in.

A vigil was held last Saturday night for for a missing Colorado mother. Heriford hasn't been seen since March 31. Her family is desperately seeking any clues that could possibly lead them to her.

The vigil was held at Dublin Park, near Academy and Vickers. That's where Heriford lives. About 100 of her friends and family showed up to show their support.

When she didn’t show up for work more than a week ago, her family started to worry. Investigators say her disappearance is suspicious.

Heriford's church, Vista Grande Baptist Church off of Powers and Stetson Hills, has organized search parties. Earlier last week, they had more than 100 people going door-to-door in Heriford's neighborhood.

Now the search is a community wide effort, businesses nearby have fliers with Debbie's photo up in their windows.

Tom Theune works in the area.

"The least we could do is put her picture here if that can ring a bell with anybody that wants to try and help the search that is the least we could do to help," Theune said.

The major crimes unit with the Colorado Springs Police Department canvassed Heriford's home searching for clues as to what may have happened to the 51-year-old.

"We treat it as a worst case scenario from the very beginning. We let the major crimes detectives know, they come out and treat it as worst case scenario from the beginning--best case scenario we find out that she's OK," said Colorado Springs Police Sgt. Darrin Abbink.

On the night of April 4, police towed Heriford's car from her home and continued to search through her garage, and through her computer records and emails for evidence.

Heriford is in the middle of a divorce with her husband.

The last family member to talk to her was her daughter Sarah. Sarah has been through her mother’s home. There were no signs of forced entry. The only thing missing was Heriford’s keys, cell phone and dog.

"It is my guess that she went out Thursday afternoon to take the dog for a walk and something happened because she just never came home," Sarah told 11 News.

The dog was found behind a local business and has since been returned to the family.

Sarah and her family are forming a search party with her church to walk to the greenbelt her mom uses everyday to walk the dog and question neighbors along the way.

"I've never heard anybody speak ill of her that work with her at her work, she's always willing to volunteer and step up when someone needs help" said Sarah. "Everybody who knows her love her and adores her."

Heriford is a crossing guard for District 20.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.


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