Woman's disappearance is suspicious, police say

July 09, 1996|By Caitlin Francke and Ed Heard | Caitlin Francke and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police called the absence of Elkridge resident Nancy Lee Riggins suspicious yesterday as Riggins' co-workers passed out fliers to help find the woman one person called "everyone's friend."

Riggins, 38, was last seen by her husband leaving her home at 7: 30 a.m. on July 1 to take their 5-year-old daughter to day care. She picked up the girl from day care about 4 p.m. that day but has not been seen since, police say.

Her husband, Stephen Riggins, worked the night shift at his job in Curtis Bay after seeing his wife leave the house. When he returned at 6 a.m. on July 2, he found his daughter in bed, but his wife was not there, police said. He reported her missing Wednesday.

Police said Nancy Lee Riggins' seven-day absence is suspicious because she is not known to leave for long periods of time without notice.

She and her husband, who live in the 2100 block of Adcock Lane, have been married for nine years, said Sgt. Tara Ball, a police spokesman.

Yesterday, about 100 staffers at the Giant supermarket in Burtonsville -- where Nancy Lee Riggins was a cashier and office employee -- wore purple ribbons and asked customers for donations to help find her. The money will be used to help fund the search or to supplement a police reward for information leading to her whereabouts, supermarket employees said.

"She's got to be found," said Marla Pierpoint, whose husband works at the supermarket.

"She is everyone's friend," said a supermarket co-worker, who asked not to be identified.

Police announced Friday that they were offering a reward for information on her whereabouts. They did not say how much it would be.

Police said Nancy Lee Riggins' vehicle, her purse and her keys were still at the home. There was no sign of forced entry.

She is white, weighs about 150 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-3200.

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