Deborah Ann Heriford
Deborah, approximately 2011
Date reported missing : 03/31/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/02/1959 (62)
Age at the time of disappearance: 51 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2 - 5'4, 160 - 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Deborah has a flat mole below her left eye. Her nickname is Debbie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Deborah was last seen walking her Westie terrier near Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado on March 31, 2011. She has never been heard from again. Her husband reported her missing three days after she was last seen, after she didn't show up for her job as a crossing guard at Discovery Canyon Elementary School.
Deborah left behind her car and other belongings at her home in the 2700 block of Maroon Bells Avenue; she took only her cellular phone and keys. Her dog was found tied to a post behind a business a quarter of a mile from her home.
There were no indications of forced entry or foul play at her house, but Deborah's car was found parked in the street after her disappearance, and she always parked it in the garAge at the time of disappearance: .
Deborah was in the process of divorcing her husband, Harold "Bob" Heriford, the retired head of military police at Peterson Air Force Base. They had separated the previous summer and their divorce was to be final in May 2011, and Bob was engAge at the time of disappearance: d to another woman. The divorce stalled after Deborah's disappearance.
The couple's four adult children have a tense relationship with their father, and two of their daughters have restraining orders against him. Authorities haven't said whether Bob is a suspect in his wife's disappearance, but foul play is suspected in Deborah's case. It remains unsolved.
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Colorado Springs Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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Colorado Bureau of Investigation
The Colorado Springs Gazette
The Colorado Connection
October 12, 2004. May 3, 2016; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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