July 8, 2007: Birgfeld’s disappearance deemed ‘foul play’
Paige Birgfeld, a 34-year-old mother of three and veteran of the adult-entertainment industry, disappeared as the result of foul play most likely tied to her work with an escort service, authorities said Saturday.
Although his daughter had been classified as a missing person, Frank Birgfeld said it appeared to him as though investigators “always seemed to have in mind a potential crime. From the moment I arrived on the scene, I never thought they were handling it like it was a person on the lam.”
Investigators called Birgfeld at his home in Centennial on June 30, two days after Paige Birgfeld’s last whereabouts were known.
The next night, Paige Birgfeld’s car, a 2005 red Ford Focus, was found aflame in a business parking lot about two miles from her 14-room house off Oleaster Court, which is a private road.
“Nothing during the course of our investigation has led us to believe that Paige walked away from her family or that she left of her own free will,” Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Saturday night. “Unfortunately, we do suspect foul play in her disappearance and the subsequent arson of her vehicle.”
Since her disappearance, hidden pages of Paige Birgfeld’s life have been opened up, much to the surprise of family members who said they were unaware she had been an exotic dancer before her second marriage, or that within the last year, she had opened an acupunct-ure office in a Grand Junction office building, although she held no acupuncture license in Colorado.
Investigators, however, are concentrating on her activities with an escort service known as Models Inc.
Paige Birgfeld appeared to be the owner and operator of Models Inc., and was known to clients as “Carrie,” authorities said.
Models Inc. advertised itself on the Internet as “Colorado’s premier gentlemen service offering massage, dinner dates, or dancers for parties” with the “most attractive, worldly and open-minded male and female staff.”
The service also offers “our luxurious location or our staff would gladly go to your clean location. Please no filthy residences or North Ave. hotels,” according to the Models Inc. Web site.
Models Inc.’s voicemail box is full and no longer is taking messages.
Having become convinced that Paige Birgfeld’s disappearance is the result of foul play, investigators are left with the vexing question of where she is, Hilkey said.
“We don’t have even a thin idea of her whereabouts,” he said Saturday.
Contributing to the difficulty is the ambivalence of people, possibly adult-entertainment clients who were most recently in contact with her, he said.
Investigators have identified some persons of interest as they have tried to recreate the events in her life after she left Eagle, where she met with her first husband, Howard Beigler, on June 28, then was to return home. More than a full day passed between her last known communication that night and when she was reported missing.
“We have a very interesting challenge with regard to understanding that time span” of about 36 hours, Hilkey said.
Adding to that is the question of her car, which was burned from the inside, suggesting the possibility that someone hoped to frustrate investigators by destroying evidence, Hilkey said.
“We have to assume it’s connected to her disappearance,” he said.
The department’s entire investigative staff is involved in the effort to determine what happened to Paige Birgfeld, Hilkey said.
Revelations about her background haven’t dampened the urgency of finding her, he said.
“We want to find her for her family,” he said.
Paige Birgfeld’s disappearance looked immediately like a crime, Frank Birgfeld said, because she wouldn’t hurt her children, family or friends and “had no beef” with her second husband, Rob Dixon.
Paige Dixon had written about her fears of Dixon in postings on Web sites, where she also mentioned that she had rekindled her relationship with her first husband.
Both men have cooperated with investigators, authorities said. Investigators have cleared no one, however, Hilkey said.
Paige Birgfeld is 5 feet 4 inches tall and 110 pounds with sandy hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing blue-jean shorts and a blue strapless top with a flower design while driving her red Ford Focus with Colorado plates 022-00X.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 244-3500.
More than a week has passed with no sign of his daughter, Frank Birgfeld said.
“I hope to heck (the case) is of a woman who took out on the lam,” he said. “I will trade that for what the alternative might be.”