William Alfred Higgins Missing since March/April of 1969 from McKeesport, Allegheny County
Vital Statistics Date of Birth: December 3, 1933 Age at Time of Disappearance: 35
Estimated Height: no taller than 5'9" Estimated Weight: 180-200 lbs Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Nicknames: Bill, Billy Dentals: not available
Fingerprints: not available
DNA: Sample available - tests not complete Vehicle: 1955 Chevy Pickup Truck (Swimming Pool Blue) Other: smoked L&M cigarettes and drank Iron City Beer, preferably in a bottle. Was known to frequent bars.
Case Details Back in the 1960s, a lifetime ago, "Old McKeesport". It was still a bustling borough, where you could go downtown to see a movie, do some shopping and stop at a local eatery for lunch or the neighborhood bar for a beer. Those times when kids could ride their bikes day or night or sleep on the porch in the summer without fear. It was here that Bill Higgins and his wife Dolores were raising their six children in the family home on W 6th Street, not far from downtown and within walking distance of the confluence of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers. The steel industry was still a major presence in McKeesport and it is how Bill made his living. In 1969 he was employed by the Christy Parks Works plant, making bayonets, bullets and other munitions for the Vietnam War. One day in the spring of 1969, Bill didn't come home from work.
From Bill's house to the Christy Park Works plant, 2 - 2.5 miles depending on route. (Google Maps) Click on the image for a larger view.
Bill's wife filed a missing persons at the McKeesport Police Station. His disappearance was deemed "suspicious", meaning that he did not leave voluntarily. Unfortunately, a flood in 1980 destroyed those records.
Bill was a hunter. He would also do side work; cutting lawns, painting, paneling and was known to be very good at working on cars. Yet his guns, tools, those possessions that defined who is was, were all left behind.
His social security number has not been used since his disappearance.
An ad was placed in several newspapers in 1971/72 when Bill's wife wanted to remarry. It asked him to come forward. There was no response.
Bill was never been declared deceased but five decades later, he remains missing.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
McKeesport Police Department Det Tim Hanna 412-675-5016