Solving the Dilemma Surrounding The Mysterious Disappearance of Mikelle Biggs
Unlocking the Mystery of the Disappearance of Mikelle Briggs
In January 1999, Mikelle Diane Biggs was abducted from the Mesa neighborhood in Arizona when she was barely 11 years old. She was playing in the street, alongside her younger sister Kimber Biggs aged 9 years. The two played along while waiting for an ice-cream truck. They were simply inseparable. After a short while, Mikelle’s younger sister (Kimber) got cold and rushed inside for her jacket. Mikelle stayed to wait as she clutched the quarters her mother gave her to buy an ice cream. Kimber returned moments later only to find her sister missing. Her bike was lying clearly abandoned on the footway next to two quarters scattered in the street. The helpless Kimber would never see her sister again. The case of Mikelle which had remained unsolved for more than sixteen years later was one of the documented child abduction cases in Arizona Valley (Mesa Police Department).
The controversial abduction and disappearance of Mikelle Biggs draw attention to the different dimensions to the young girl’s mysterious disappearance. The agony and pain of losing a loved one under unclear circumstances can be unbearable, especially for Biggs’s family as they have been denied closure. The victim’s father, Dee Blalock, a random person, another family member, or a family friend could have committed the heinous act. Virtually all the theories connecting the said suspects to Mikelle’s disappearance are basically backed by sufficient evidence and statistics. Each of these suspects seems to have the qualities essential to be the undisputed abductor or killer of Mikelle (Hogan).
Although Mikelle was a young girl who was little known in Mesa neighborhood, her mysterious disappearance and murder would be a subject for discussion more than a decade later. Controversy also revolves around the actual perpetrator(s) of her abduction and eventual killing. Kimber has continually spoken out to ensure that Mikelle’s case and her recollection of the incident remain clear in the minds of the Mesa residents and the country at large. She hopes that one day the family will get justice in whatever form (Deutsch). Kimber says, “I hope we will get justice some day. I just don’t know in what form,” (Hogan). In essence, the now 26-year-old Kimber believes that the law enforcement agencies should expedite their investigations and bring to book the actual suspect of the odious crime. However, available leads present strong evidence on the involvement of Dee Blalock, the girl’s neighbor in this abduction and subsequent disappearance.
This hub presents a discussion on this mystery while presenting proof on the possible suspect. It begins by presenting the background of the matter, various theories that have been put forward to explain the culprit, proof of the matter, refutation and conclusion.
Mesa Police Department launched investigations immediately Mikelle Biggs disappeared. On the other hand, Mikelle’s neighbors and family began the search for the sixth-grader who had gone missing since January 2, 1999. Even though the police, family, and the neighbors uncovered a few leads, the case eventually went cold. The law enforcers and residents were arguably convinced that the 11-year-old was gone. Five years later, Mikelle’s family had already accepted that she was dead (Deutsch). They went further to hold a funeral service and even buried an empty casket. Since then, the case of the 11-year-old’s mysterious disappearance has shifted from finding her to discovering her real killer. Mikelle’s case still remains a mystery despite intense interest of the media in it.
Mikelle Biggs was reportedly abducted and killed. The most likely suspects involved in the abduction include her father, Dee Blalock the neighbor, or an unknown person in the jeep in the neighborhood allegedly watching her. Her bicycle was back towards the house and there seems to be two quarters found in the street by the location or scene her sister last saw her. According to Mesa Police Department, a neighbor who allegedly taunted the family is another strong suspect. The law enforcers put search dogs on the scene. However, the dogs lost scent of Mikelle, a clear pointer to the presumption that the perpetrator must have put the victim in a car (Mesa Police Department).
Theories Explaining the Abduction/Killing of Mikelle
Mikelle’s case is basically classified as endangered missing. Many individuals, the law enforcement, and organizations have presented a significant number of theories that attempt to unearth the actual killer of Mikelle Biggs. Some theories connect Mikelle’s father, Dee Black and a random person to the little girl’s disappearance. Other theories point out the involvement of another family member or a family friend to Mikelle’s kidnapping and ultimate murder.
The first theory connects Dee Blalock to the murder owing to his prior convictions for allegedly committing various sex offenses. Mikelle’s father believed that Blalock was indeed responsible for the apparent abduction of his daughter. The man, who lived about two blocks from Mikelle’s home in 1999, had already been convicted in the past for sex crimes in three states. He was actually registered as one of the notorious sex offenders in Mesa, Arizona. Blalock had also been convicted of raping his neighbor and attempting to kill her in 2001. At present, Blalock is serving a 187-year sentence in an Arizona-based prison. However, Blalock’s wife provided Mikelle’s father with an alibi for the moment the 11-year-old disappeared.
Further, law enforcement agencies have presented viable leads that point to the involvement of an unknown person into the abduction and killing of the 11-year-old on the fateful day. The copper-colored jeep that local police spotted near Biggs’ home at the time the girl was last seen justifies the possible involvement of an unknown individual who was watching Mikelle. The victim was a Caucasian female with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of the incident, Mikelle wore a red t-shirt bearing the name of her elementary school. The authorities also relied on the evidence of their painstaking search of the family home and the entire area near the home. Since the police canines lost the girl’s scent only a few meters from the scene, the authorities were convinced that the suspect must have bundled the 11-year-old in a waiting car before driving away. The Mesa police put two witnesses under hypnosis on January 9 (Dan).
The last theory points out the possible involvement of another family member or a family friend in the abduction of Mikelle. First, the victim’s father could have not possibly kidnapped or even killed his own daughter because he also corporate with the Mesa PD and helped them with the leads to unearth the actual killer (Hogan). Blalock, on the other hand, could have not been involved in the abduction case going by the alibi that his wife provided. The suspect was allegedly at the home garage the whole night. He also repeatedly told Mikell’s parents when they visited him in prison that he knew absolutely nothing about their daughter’s mysterious disappearance. The area police had also ruled out possible involvement of the jeep near Mikelle’s home as the driver was no way a suspect or aware of any unusual happening. Thus, the search for the real killer would narrow down to either another family member or a family friend.
According to Keller Snyder, law enforcement agencies often find it extremely difficult to solve cases that involve missing persons. Snyder is the founder of Find Me, an Arizona-based organization devoted to locating missing individuals. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System also bring attention to the fact that at least 90,000 cases of missing people have been reported in the United States (Hogan). More than 70 unidentified dead individuals and 130 active mission people have been reported in Phoenix alone. According to Detective Stuart Somershoe, Phoenix continues to record cases of missing persons and report unidentified dead bodies. The extensive Arizona desert particularly presents a major obstacle as bodies dumped in the vast desert are never recovered (Signs).
Based on the available leads and evidence that have been so far gathered pertaining to this case, Dee Blalock appears to be the most possible suspect for this crime. This is supported by the fact that his past criminal records portrays him as a person of deviant sexual behavior and other criminal activities. It should also be considered that the in-depth investigation of Dee Blalock in regard to this crime was jeopardized when police officers attempted to enter his residence without the necessary authorization as required by law. There is a possibility that when this investigation was hindered, the evidence could have been tempered with by the suspect and or his accomplice. The link in criminal behavior is further heightened by the current incarceration of the suspect for a crime involving sexually assaulting and attempted murdering of another female neighbor, thus indicating the possibility of doing the same to missing girl. In addition, the sexual assault and attempted murder of the female neighbor is a clear depiction of predator behavior in Dee Blalock
At one point Dee Blalock was interviewed by a forensic psychologist showing clinical precedence that he is the most likable suspect for the abduction. Reports show Dee Blalock has prior history as a predator. Blalock, who only lived about two blocks from the girl’s home, was in the record of committing sex crimes in three states. He was regarded as one of the notorious sex offenders in Mesa, Arizona. The evidence of criminal involvement by Blackblock can be found in various court records in Arizona and Mesa.
Considering the nature of abduction and taking into account that all evidence was carefully removed from the scene, it is apparent that there was a careful planning and execution of the entire game in general. This could only be done by someone who knew the family well, the children, areas they frequented, how they could get them and what they could do afterwards. Further, the executor could have only been a person who knew the place well and had analyzed the outlets prior to executing the plan. This could have been none other than Dee Blackblock who was not only a high profile criminal in the locale but an immediate neighbor of the girl and her family. It is possible that Blalock could have been in the neighborhood and seen Mikelle with her bicycle. Impulsively, he could have snatched the girl, since the bicycle wheel were still spinning) taken her to his house, hid her until it was night time. This therefore reinforces the earlier assumption that police could have unearthed evidence in the suspect’s house could they have taken a step in investigating this. However, they were successfully turned off by the suspect due to the fact that they did not have authorization. This space gave the suspect good time and space to vacate all other available evidence regarding the heinous crime.
What is more, Blalock was unable to look into the eyes of the girl’s family members when they visited him in prison seeking answers pertaining to the girl’s disappearance. In fact at one point, the man is described as being nervous, jittery and utterly shy while conversing with the family over the incidence. This was a clear indication that there was something he was hiding about the matter (Deutsch).
Another strong link vindicating Dee Blalock was a reported vision by Quinnett, one of the victims who were sexually assaulted by Dee Blalock. Quinnett had reported that Blalock had bothered her for many days with sexual advances against her will. One day, she had gone home and found her hiding right in her house under a refrigerator. She tried to turn back and run but he overpowered him and forced her down the ground. He eventually raped her and gave her a thorough beating. He then left her for dead and attempted to burn the house down by setting match boxes on it. Interestingly, the victim survived the incidence and was rushed by neighbors to the nearest hospital. Quinnett claims that while she was in the ambulance she received a vision that Mikelle Biggs had been kidnapped by Dee Blalock, raped, killed and buried under the suspect’s house! “I am telling you that the girl you have been looking for Mikelle Biggs is in the custody of Blalock, he took her and dug her up in his house. You will get her there”. However, despite the police receiving this message, they did not do a thorough search in the Victim’s home and that they did this after giving him some time (Deutsch). It should be noted that the first time they acted on that lead they did not have authorization; hence they were denied access to the suspect’s house. Although they actually returned for another search, the suspect could have rapped off the evidence that could have vindicated him to the crime.
The theory on Dee Blalock’s involvement in Mikelle’s disappearance has also been refuted by a number of people, of course basing their arguments on a number of reasons. The first of these is the alibi brought up by the suspect’s wife, claiming that he was at the garage, the whole day of the incidence. Nonetheless, the wife’s alibi could not be trusted since there was a possibility that she could have falsified information to authorities to cover for husband out of fear of her own safety. Moreover, being her wife, it is possible that she could have used all possible routes to ensure that her husband is not vindicated and sent into jail. The wife is also said not to have talked ill of him despite the previous mistakes he had done, further clarifying a cover up in this particular matter. The consisted cover up by the wife despite Blalock’s previous misdemeanor is a further proof that the wife was as twisted as the husband. Therefore, an alibi could not have been considered seriously as a valid evidence of Blalock’s exclusion from involvement of this crime.
Despite the mystery surrounding Mikelle Briggs disappearance all indications of the key suspect lead to Dee Blalock, the girl’s neighbor. This as we noted owes to the fact that the suspect was fond of girls and women and he had been occasionally involved in rape, sexual offenses and attempted murder cases. Further, majority of kidnapping cases are done by individuals who already know the victims. Being a close neighbor to the victim, it is probable that the suspect had a candid knowledge of Mikelle and understood her whereabouts well. In addition, the involvement of the wife raises more eyebrows than answers considering that she had also done the same thing in previous cases, defending her husband. What is more, the reported vision by Susan Quinnett, one of Dee Blalock’s victim who survived by a whisker that she had seen missing girls at the suspect’s custody was not something to be taken lightly and if swift measures had been taken, more evidence could have been unearthed. The late action by the police could have allowed the suspect to hide and rub off the leads and ensure that there is nothing that could be used to vindicate him in this matter.