July 5, 2007: Search continues for missing woman
Almost all the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigators gave up celebrating the Independence Day holiday to help locate a Grand Junction woman who’s been missing since Thursday.
Still, authorities said they have no leads after searching areas around the home and car of Paige Birgfeld, the mother of three small children.
“It’s really important to give the family some closure, and if we could find her alive, that’d be even better,” said Heather Gierhart, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
Birgfeld’s father, Frank Birgfeld, passed out fliers about his daughter’s disappearance at the Fourth of July fireworks display at Lincoln Park. Frank said he was considering offering a reward for his daughter’s safe return.
Birgfeld said he appreciated the massive amount of work investigators were putting toward the case.
“The people who have been in front of me have not been nine-to-fivers,” he said. “They seem to be putting in an immense amount of man hours.”
Investigators have used bloodhounds to search the area around Paige Birgfeld’s house at 2512 Oleaster Court and around her vehicle, which was found on fire Sunday night in a parking lot in the 700 block of 23 Road.
Authorities said Paige Birgfeld’s ex-husband, Rob Dixon, has been cooperative.
Frank Birgfeld said he hasn’t heard any new clues from investigators about his daughter’s whereabouts.
Frank Birgfeld said he initially wasn’t going to talk publicly about his daughter’s disappearance, but reconsidered because he thought getting more information out might help locate her.
“This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” he said. “Paige is a person, not some information on a bio sheet.”