Eyewitness News reported Tuesday night that the recent disappearance of four women in Southern Illinois and Southern Indiana has many tri-state residents on high alert. Because of their proximity, some people fear there may be a correlation between those cases and Ashley Higgs, a missing woman from Owensboro. Investigators in Evansville, Booneville, Warrick County, Gibson County, and Owensboro all say foul play is not being suspected in any of these cases. But still, it makes us all uneasy.
Of course we should always be cautious, but OPD Public Information Officer Michael Hathaway assured Owensboro Living that Owensboro residents have no reason to fear that these cases might be some sort of pattern or have any relation to each other. “There is no reason to believe these cases are at all connected,” Hathaway said Wednesday afternoon.
Owensboro resident Ashley Higgs has been missing since March, but Hathaway says “OPD has not been notified that any of the other cases have produced any evidence connected to the case here in Owensboro. Ashley made a statement on social media about wanting to leave the Owensboro area before she went missing.”
Take caution? Yes. Always. Panic? No. And we can all hope and pray these cases will be solved soon.
Police describe Diggs as white, five feet five inches tall, and 220 lbs. She is 23 years old and has blue eyes. She has a tattoo of a pistol on her abdomen. If you have information on the whereabouts of Ashley Higgs, please contact the Owensboro Police Department at (270) 687-8888. You may also remain anonymous by leaving a tip on the Crime Stoppers tip line at (270) 687-8484.