July 4, 2007: Father joins hunt for missing GJ woman
Frank Birgfeld is clinging to the hope that a stray bit of information will turn up his daughter’s whereabouts and that she’ll return home safely.
Birgfeld is living at the home of his daughter, Paige, 34, who has been missing for six days.
Her car, a red 2005 Ford Focus, was found about two miles from her 14-room home at 2512 Oleaster Court. The vehicle had been damaged by fire with most of the damage done to the car’s interior.
Frank Birgfeld, a former vice president and district director of the National Association of Securities Dealers, was driving across the Grand Valley on Tuesday handing out fliers and digging for information.
“I’ve given some to a telephone-line crew stringing line and a group of inmates on a work detail clearing brush,” he said.
Citing his professional background, he said he knew that cases often turn on strange events.
“Cases are often made on information that, when you hear about it, you think, ‘Wow, what a fluke that was.’ ”
He’s hoping for just such a twist, he said.
“I know the odds,” Birgfeld said. “I choose to hold out against those odds.”
He’s concentrating, he said, on “the question of ‘Where is she?’ not, ‘Who did it?’ ”
Sheriff’s investigators called him Saturday with the news that his daughter was missing, “and I hot-footed it right over here” from his home on the Front Range, he said.
Family members reported Paige Birgfeld missing on Saturday.
It was at that point the investigation seemed to gain momentum, Frank Birgfeld said.
“I said, ‘Listen, this is a serious matter, because she would not have left her children,’ ” he said.
His daughter’s torched car was found the following day. Friends from Paige Birgfeld’s MOMs group said she left Grand Junction around noon Thursday for Eagle.
She had rekindled her relationship with her first husband, she told friends and posted on a Web site.
The first husband, Howard Beigler, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday at any of his listed phone numbers.
Records from the Northglenn Police Department show officers cited Beigler on suspicion of harassment and domestic violence the afternoon of Aug. 10, 1997.
The incident, which took place shortly after the two separated, according to her Web postings and police files, landed then-27-year-old Beigler in the Adams County Jail in Brighton for the night.
Because the Northglenn Police Department periodically destroys its records, the arrest affidavit was unavailable.
However, according to the 1997 custody report — the only remaining documentation of the incident — the unidentified victim had an injured hand when officers arrived.
Beyond the 1997 domestic violence incident, Beigler has no criminal history in Colorado, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Paige Birgfeld’s second husband, Rob Dixon, spoke with investigators on Tuesday and was “very cooperative,” Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Gierhart said.
Investigators made no comments on any other aspects of the investigation, including whether they had spoken to Beigler, Gierhart said.
Dixon’s attorney, Scott Robinson of Denver, said his client was cooperating completely and had provided authorities with details about his whereabouts in recent days. He knew nothing about Beigler, Robinson said.
The children, he said, were “healthy. That’s about as far as I can go.”
Paige Birgfeld said in her Web postings at http://www.chefsucess.com she had several businesses, including one as a consultant with The Pampered Chef, as well as providing dance lessons for children and selling baby gear. Her main source of income was from a modeling agency, she said in a post.
Frank Birgfeld found a business card in her car that suggested she also was working as an escort, according to The Rocky Mountain News.
Court records show that Dixon in October 2005 accused Birgfeld of giving topless massages and slapped her on the shoulder and punched her in the throat as she held their baby.
Dixon pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment after he was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and misdemeanor child abuse. The case was dismissed after he complied with a year-long deferred sentence.
Paige Birgfeld’s background, Robinson said, “should not be an issue. We all hope she is found safe.”
Paige Birgfeld used the Ford Focus that was found burned out only occasionally, her father said. She generally drove her children around in a van.
She picked up the payments on the car after Rob Dixon was prepared to give it up after his bankruptcy, Frank Birgfeld said.
He urged anyone with information, however trivial it might seem, to contact authorities.
Paige Birgfeld is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 110 pounds with sandy hair and hazel eyes.
She was last seen wearing blue-jean shorts and a blue strapless top with a flower design while driving the 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.
As for the fate of anyone who harmed his daughter, Frank Birgfeld said, “There are three options. He’ll get away with it, he’ll get caught by the police, or I find him. Two of those outcomes are positive.”