Real Name: Amy Billig
Nicknames: Last name sometimes misspelled "Billing"
Location: Coconut Grove, Florida
Date: March 5, 1974
Occupation: High School Student
Date of Birth: January 9, 1957
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes, possible tattoo.
Details: Amy Billig vanished in 1974 while hitchhiking to her father's office. A few days later, sixteen-year-old twins Charles and Larry Glasser claimed to have kidnapped her and asked for a $30,000 ransom, but the police discovered this was a ruse and arrested them for extortion. Her mother, Susan Billig, received tips that she might have been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang and taken cross-country. Susan followed these tips all the way to England on what was deemed a wild goose chase. Another claim was that she died from a drug overdose and her body was thrown to alligators in the Florida Everglades. Some time after Amy vanished, her camera was found at the Wildwood exit on the Florida Turnpike and surrendered to the police. Many of its photos were overexposed, and the few decent ones had no further clue to her whereabouts. Susan would like to know what happened to her. Sadly, her father Ned died in 1992 of lung cancer. To date, no trace of Amy has ever been found.
Suspects: Following Amy's disappearance, a man named Henry Johnson Blair was identified as the source of harassing phone calls to the Billig family. An alcoholic, his obsessive-compulsive disorder caused him to harass Susan, but he later claimed to never know Amy. He was sentenced to a two-year prison term for harassment and lost a suit to Susan, who received a five-million-dollar settlement. However, he is a person of interest in the case because a white van similar to his appears in one of Amy's photos, and she describes a man named Hank who wanted to take her to South America at the same time Blair's job as a customs agent was sending him to Argentina. Officially, he has not been positively linked to her disappearance.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the January 26, 1994 episode. Susan Billig wrote a book called Without A Trace: The Disappearance of Amy Billig with Greg Aunapu in 2001. She died on June 7, 2005 at the age of 80 after searching ceaselessly for her daughter for 31 years. This case was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Unsolved. In a deathbed confession, a former member of the biker gang that kidnapped Amy claimed that she had been drugged, raped and killed soon after being abducted. Police were able to verify some details of the biker's account, but her remains have yet to be found.
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- Amy Billig on Find-a-Grave
- Susan Billig on Find-a-Grave