God is with us and is always looking out for us. Even though bad things happen in this world, God is still good and he will work everything out in the end. This bizarre story all started on an average afternoon back in January of 1999 when 11-year-old Mikelle Biggs was riding her bike in Mesa, Arizona. The girl was outside with her younger sister, Kimber, and the two had been playing together before Kimber started walking home to have a talk with their mom. After she left, Mikelle decided to stay outside on her bike and wait for the ice cream truck to arrive.
However, when Kimber and her mother came outside just 90 seconds later, Mikelle was nowhere to be found. And within 30 minutes, Mesa police were circling the area by helicopter and using a loudspeaker to try and find the missing girl. Now, nearly 20 years later, Mikelle’s case is still the “most intense investigation in the Mesa Police Department’s history,” as it has brought in over 800 pieces of evidence and nearly 10,0000 tips throughout the years.
Officials also say that part of the case evidence that was found includes “nearly 500 interviews with psychics and searches of 35 abandoned mine shafts in the San Tan Mountains.” Back in a 2009 interview, Jerry Gissel, the lead case detective, revealed that he believes the 11-year-old was kidnapped and had been running away from someone she didn’t know. “It wasn’t somebody that she knew or wanted to be with,” he said. “She dropped the bike, she was running toward home, she dropped quarters, and it was swift. And somebody grabbed her and, I believe, abducted her in a car and drove away with her.”
At the time, Mikelle’s photo became extremely well known, so it wasn’t long after she vanished that tips began flooding in. Some of these tips included leads to local businesses and that led to drawn-out searches of their buildings, but officials would later find out that these tips were hoaxes all along. One tip came via email and the sender claimed that they had kidnapped Mikelle. However, when a SWAT team surrounded the Phoenix home that the email was traced to, they discovered the sender was just a 12-year-old kid who was “messing around on the internet.”
The case began to grow cold, that is until a new tip was reported on March 14, 2018, in the form of a note on a dollar bill. The 2009 bill was found all the way in Neenah, Wisconsin, and it had a message written on the edge of the bill. The message said: “My name is Mikel (sic) Biggs kidnapped From Mesa AZ I’m Alive.”
The handwriting on the bill actually seemed to match up to that of the little girls’. However, investigators have said that there is no way to know how the bill wound up in Neenah. Also, police say said that there is “no way to trace it,” so it’s most likely back to square one. “There was a little spring of hope for a second, and then reality set in,” Streubel said. “There is nothing you can do with it, which is rather frustrating.”
However, Mesa police spokesperson Detective Steve Berry said that detectives still aren’t discounting “the investigative value” of the note and are looking into the new evidence. “We don’t get a lot of tips anymore, but we occasionally do,” Berry said. “We always follow up on it. We always hope that might be the one that breaks the case.”
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