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Higgins’ friends, family pray for answers

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John Repsold remembers Heather Higgins for her personality and for her love of God.

She wasn’t shy about her faith. When the Deer Park native and Spokane resident arrived at his church, the Mosaic Fellowship, she didn’t stick to the back.

She sat in the front row, the pastor recalled, and when she sang, she stood up and did so with all her heart.

But Higgins hasn’t been seen at the downtown Spokane church in more than a year. Spokane police continue to investigate her disappearance as a missing person case and urge anyone with information to come forward.

Higgins’ case almost leaves Repsold at a loss for words, the pastor told a crowd of about 100 who gathered Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

June 7: Woman seeks clues in daughter's disappearance

Vigil will mark woman’s disappearance

A candlelight vigil Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Heather Higgins, who was last seen in Spokane on Sept. 20, 2010.

Higgins, who turned 40 in April, was last seen near an apartment complex at West 10th Avenue and South Cherry Street, where she had lived for 10 years. Her apartment was undisturbed, and her cellphone and bank account haven’t been accessed since that day, said her mother, Jackie Forney.

Forney said Thursday that she's heard no news about her daughter's case, and police have not returned her phone calls.

Fornay and others will gather Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church, 6528 N. Monroe St., to honor Higgins. A Facebook page in Higgins' honor has gained followers from around the world.

“A lady in Sweden said she'll be burning a candle for her and praying,” Forney said. “It would be nice for the police department to know that people do care about her, and she's not forgotten by any means.”

Past coverage:

June 7: Woman seeks clues in daughter's disappearance

Woman still missing after eight months

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.’ ”

Read the rest of my story here.

Tips sought on woman last seen Sept. 20

Spokane police are asking for help finding a woman who has not contacted her family since Sept. 20. 

Heather L. Higgins, 39, was last seen in downtown Spokane.

Family members have posted flyers at area businesses asking for help finding her, but she remains missing.

Police say she has two misdemeanor warrants out for her arrest. She is bipolar and possibly an alcoholic, police said.

Anyone with information on Higgins is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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