Unsolved Case #43
Reference Number 02-03
Cayci Rebekah Higgins
Murdered February 14, 1999
My name is Phyllis Taylor, and I am writing regarding the murder of my niece Cayci Rebekah Higgins, 19 years old. This murder occured in Cleveland, Tennessee, Cayci and two of her friends were murdered early in the morning of Sunday, February 14, 1999, Valentine's Day. The case remains unsolved, although another victim survived her "attempted murder" that night. The story the survivor gave is that three men broke into the townhouse after identifying themselves as "Bradley County Police". According to her, she, at some point was shot in the back and her hands were tied with a plastic tie. "She pretended to be dead". I don't know who was shot first, but Cayci was found lying on her stomach, hands clasped on the back of her head, with a single 22 shot to the back of her head. Both of the other victims were shot multiple times, but were also shot in the head, according to the family members. One of the murder victims was the cousin of the survivor.
The authorities are not forthcoming with information to the families and are now considering this case a cold case. Supposedly, "more forensics and information were collected in this case than on any case in the history of "TBI", yet they have nothing to show for it. Family members don't know where to turn for help and clozure. The survivor is not cooperating, law enforcement is not looking, even though they give wonderful interviews during the media blitz each anniversary.
The story of this investigation reads like a television mini-series, yet all the collaborative efforts of several law enforcement agencies have not come up with murderes, even with a surviving eye-witness.
I miss Cayci soooo much! She was so full of life and had such a giving personality. She had a smile that would light a room and warm any heart. She was beautiful. My heart aches tht we will never see her walk down the aisle on her wedding day or that she will never have children she loved so much. It makes me angry to know that she was more than likely asleep in her own bed when evil awakened her and brought her down the stairs to her death. Cayci had a birth defect in her leg which caused her to walk with a limp. Sometimes when I close my eyes I see her being forced down those stairs, hobbling and limping. It is just too much to bear.
What can we do; where can we go to get help to continue this investigation that seems to have been boxed away somewhere? This was one of , if not the most horrific, homocide in the state's history. And no one seems to care now. The ironic thing is that Cayci's great-grandfather was a Cleveland Police Officer for almost 40 years, and yet his legacy counts for nothing. The city has failed Cayci as well as the two other murder victims. But, we as their family members cannot just let it go. Can you help us?
If you have any information that may help solve this case, please contact the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. at 1-888-818-7662 or by email at email@example.com. Be sure to include the reference number in any and all correspondence.
The National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45209