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Cumberland Community Searches for Missing Businessman

Posted May 10, 2007

— An entire community is searching for a missing pawn shop owner and father in Cumberland County who's been missing since Sunday.

Family and friends have posted fliers across the community of Eastover for Jeffrey Scott Higgins, 43, who owns Cross Creek Pawn and Jewelry.

His wife, Jennifer Higgins, said he was going to a nearby gas station Sunday afternoon but that he never returned home. Authorities said he never made it there.

Jennifer Higgins also said she fears for her husband's safety because he suffers from depression, has had suicidal thoughts and went missing for about eight hours three weeks ago before calling her from a motel room, in tears.

Higgins is known to have carried a weapon and that the gun from his pawn shop is missing, his wife said.

"I just want you all to find him," she said. "Me and my tow kids, we need him."

Authorities say they have no evidence that foul play is involved in Higgins' disappearance but that they have not ruled it out.

Cumberland County sheriff's deputies have used a helicopter to search the area for his pickup truck and have alerted the national media about the case, including the television show "America's Most Wanted."

Higgins is 6 feet tall, weighs 165 pounds, has brown hair, hazel eyes and was last seen wearing cargo navy-blue shorts, a gray Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt, a UNC cap, Oakley sunglasses and brown rainbow flip flops.

He was driving a 2006 white Toyota Tundra with a North Carolina Tar Heels sticker on the back window and North Carolina license plate number VWJ-6395.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.

"We're hoping he can be one of those that be saved," said Cumberland County sheriff spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. "It's our hope that the quicker we find him, the better the chances are to find him alive."


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  • LAGephart May 12, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and family.

  • HeJonesWJones May 12, 2007

    This is a serious matter, our community needs to pull together, and help find this husband, and a father of two.

  • girlwonders May 12, 2007

    Jeff is one of the nicest people, kind and willing to kick in and help anyone. Seems that those are the people who suffer from depression, IMO. Guess the uglyness gets to the ones with big hearts quicker.

    I will be sending good thougths to Jeff and his family. Hope it all turns out well.

  • illegals--GO HOME May 11, 2007

    I hope for the sake of this family, that the man is found safe and can get the medical and mental treatment he needs to overcome his illness and continue with his life.

  • weasleyes May 10, 2007

    I was on anti-depressents for 4-5 years. About 3 years ago, my doctor put me on vitamins and they work better, in my case. PS: He and all of the other 7 doctors at that firm use the same vitamins every day. Hoping and praying for this family.

  • Michael Kenyon May 10, 2007

    "PS I am really glad to see so many understanding comments regarding depression on this site."

    Me to, given the liberties that some of us normally take when we post. This is just too sad.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 10, 2007

    PS I am really glad to see so many understanding comments regarding depression on this site. It is truly a blessing because most people today still look at you funny if they find out you take something for depression or anxiety. Bless you.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 10, 2007

    Started to comment on the proofreading error...but this story is too sad. I have also suffered with depression and it doesn't matter how good you have it or what medications you take, sometimes it gets the best of you. God bless the man and his family and may God bring this man home safely.

  • roger May 10, 2007

    This is a very sad story, indeed! All signs indicate that due to his bi-polar disorder this young successful family man and respected businessman walked away from his home, his wife, and his two beautiful children. Let's pray he doesn't use the gun he normally carries to harm or kill himself or others. However, consider this point. He owned a successful pawn and jewelry store in Cumberland County. Owners of such establishments are prone to have large sums of cash on them or quick access to large sums of cash. There is a distinct possibility that this gentleman was attacked going to the convenience. Let's pray, again, that no harm comes to this man and that he can return to his wonderful family soon.

    People even in today's world look down on people with mental conditions. Most are hereditary with some environmental factors playing a part also. If he was on the wrong meds or if he had quit taking his meds, there could be big trouble. Let's hope he comes home soon and gets

  • All child molesters should die May 10, 2007

    I just saw Jennifer Higgins interviewed on the news. Seeing how upset she was, made me feel so badly for her and the family! I don't usually get bothered to the point I did, but she is hurting, and so worried.

    I hope for her sake, their children and the entire family, that her husband is found, or returns, safe. I really hope this has a happy ending. It doesn't sound too good, at this point.