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CA ASHLEY HIGGINS: Missing from Costa Mesa, CA or Las Vegas - 6 November 1982 - Age 19

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Ashley Higgins was reported missing by her mother who resided in Costa Mesa, California at the time of her disappearance. Ashley had gone to Las Vegas, Nevada with her female friend. Higgins' friend said they became separated in Las Vegas and Ashley returned home to California. She was unaware that Higgins had not returned home.

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    NamUs MP # 17651
    Ashley Higgins
    Orange County, California
    19 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 17651

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Ashley
    Middle name Standish
    Last name Higgins
    Date last seen November 06, 1982 00:00
    Date entered 10/03/2012
    Age last seen 19 to 19 years old
    Age now 54 years old
    Race White
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 62.0
    Weight (pounds) 120.0 to 130.0

    City Costa Mesa
    State California
    Zip code
    County Orange
    Ashley Higgins was reported missing by her mother who resided in Costa Mesa CA at the time of her disappearance.

    Hair color Blond/Strawberry
    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown

    Scars and marks
    C shaped scar on knee
    scar on chin with plastic surgery correction

    Artificial body parts
    and aids
    two front teeth are false

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Det.
    First name Bang
    Last name Le
    Phone 714-754-5361
    Case number 82-47634
    Date reported November 06, 1982
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Costa Mesa Police Department
    Address 1 99 Fair Drive
    Address 2
    City Costa Mesa
    State California
    Zip code 92626
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    1199DFCA - Ashley Standish Higgins


    Name: Ashley Standish Higgins
    Case Classification: Endangered Missing
    Missing Since: November 6, 1982
    Location Last Seen: Costa Mesa, Orange County, California

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: December 2, 1962
    Age: 19 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'2"
    Weight: 120 lbs. to 130 lbs.
    Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
    Eye Color: Brown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: She has a C-shaped scar on her knee and one on her chin with plastic surgery correction.

    Dentals: Available. Two of her front teeth are false.
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Ashley Higgins was reported missing by her mother who resided in Costa Mesa, CA at the time of her disappearance. Higgins had gone to Las Vegas, Nevada with her female friend. Higgins' friend said they became separated in Las Vegas and she (the friend) returned home to California. She was unaware that Higgins had not returned home.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Costa Mesa Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Bang Le
    Agency Phone Number: 714-754-5361
    Agency E-Mail: unsolvedcases@ci.costa-mesa.ca.us
    Agency Case Number: 82-47634

    NCIC Case Number: M393400850
    NamUs Case Number: 17651

    Information Source(s)
    California Department of Justice
    North American Missing Persons Network

    Admin Notes
    Added: 9/5/2012; Last Updated: 10/18/2016
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  5. Akoya

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    I want to see my daughter before I die'

    Martha Durkee talks about her missing daughter at the Identify the Missing Orange County 2015 event at the California Corner Training Center in Santa Ana. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

    By Lori Basheda

    Martha Durkee’s daughter Ashley Higgins vanished from Costa Mesa in 1982.

    Martha is still looking for her.

    “If it rains, I think, ‘Is she warm? Is she dry? Is she in a safe place?” says Durkee, who is now 80 and walks with a cane. “There are certain dishes I still won’t cook because it was her favorite. It goes on and on.”

    Ashley would be 52 years old now — if she is alive. She was 19 when she disappeared without a trace.

    “I still want to find my daughter” Durkee said. “Maybe she has children? I haven’t given up hope.”

    That’s why she got in her car in Newport Beach Saturday morning and drove to the California Coroner Training Center in Santa Ana.

    “What’s happening here today is a miracle,” she says. “It’s going to bring closure for many people.”

    What happened was the first ever “Identify the Missing Day” — hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division.

    It’s part of an effort by several counties in Southern California to solve some of the dozens of nagging missing persons cases.

    Families with missing loved ones were urged to bring dental records, driver’s licenses, photographs or X-rays of their kin.

    Forensic professionals and law enforcement officers from about 15 agencies throughout Orange County were on hand to open missing persons files, update existing files and perform DNA cheek swabs on family members to put into a national data base.

    Durkee and her son, a retired Tustin patrol officer and Ashley’s older brother, gave cheek swabs.

    “For years we searched and searched,” said Durkee, wearing a neck brace, a butterfly barrette holding back her white hair. “We hired detectives. I got so desperate I used to run past little blond girls at the shopping malls to see if the face was her.”

    Higgins was about 5-foot-2, with blond hair and brown eyes. She weighed about 120 pounds. She had just graduated from Newport Harbor High the year before and had her own apartment in Costa Mesa.

    One day in October, 1982, Durkee and her daughter went to a movie together. A few days later her daughter was just gone. Ashley’s pet dog and cockatiel were found alone in her apartment. Police suspected foul play but never had any leads.

    Upon checking in on Saturday, Durkee, like the other families who showed up, was assigned a mental health professional to shepherd her through the emotional day.

    “Are you here to look for a loved one?” a woman behind the check-in desk asked each person as they signed in.

    She asked it 34 times before the day was over. That’s how many families, often with children in tow, showed up hoping to find some answers and some peace. By day’s end, two of the 34 had located their loved ones — and they were alive.

    Law enforcement called the day a success and said they hope to repeat it.

    But most of all they hope it closes some cases that continue to haunt them and Orange County citizens left in limbo.

    Durkee said that for years she awaited the arrival of 2002, holding out hope that her daughter might come walking through the door when it arrived. Before she disappeared, Ashley had been told she would inherit about $100,000 when she turned 40. And she turned 40 in 2002.

    But 2002 came and went.

    “I want to see my daughter before I die,” Durkee said. “I’m just out of places to look.”

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Ashley Standish Higgins
    • Report Type: Voluntary Missing Adult
    • Sex: Female
    • Race: White
    • Hair: Blonde
    • Eye Color: Brown
    • Height: 5 ft. 02 in.
    • Weight: 125 lbs.
    • Date of Birth: 12/2/1962
    • Last Seen: 11/6/1982
    • Scars/Marks/Tattoos: C shaped scar on knee, two front teeth are false
    • Dental X-rays Available: Yes

    Ashley was last seen November 6, 1982, in Costa Mesa, CA.

    Agency: Costa Mesa Police Department
    PhoneNumber: (714) 754-5373
    CaseNumber: 82-47634
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    Akoya Bronze Member


    Costa Mesa, California
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    Ashley Higgins was reported missing by her mother who resided in Costa Mesa, CA at the time of her disappearance. Higgins had gone to Las Vegas, Nevada with her female friend. Higgins' friend said they became separated in Las Vegas and she (the friend) returned home to California.


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    Details of Disappearance
    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.
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