For the first few months, Jackie Forney barely slept.
She handed out fliers, knocked on doors, visited transient camps and worried incessantly about what may have happened to her daughter, Heather Higgins, who was last seen Sept. 20 at her apartment complex on Spokane’s lower South Hill.
The drive to Spokane from her Stevens County farm home became routine.
Now, nearly nine months later and as a police investigation continues, Forney isn’t losing hope that the nerve-racking fear consuming her will end.
“I love her with all my heart, and I’m not going to give up. But I’m just at a dead end,” Forney said. “People say, ‘I can’t imagine what you’re going through,’ and I say, ‘well, try to imagine what my daughter’s going through. … Try to imagine how a missing person would feel.’ ”