Another holiday season has arrived and is passing. This is a time for families to celebrate with and embrace each other. What should be happy and joyous occasion’s is not for all families. One family in Yuma, that of Emily Hieber, has seen another year of birthdays, special occasions and holidays go by without knowing what has happened to their daughter, granddaughter, sister and niece.
Emily graduated from Kofa High School and was a member of the Kofa Swim Team. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She is a beautiful young lady, outgoing, friendly and kind. Emily Hieber disappeared on Feb. 3, 2013. This is the last known contact with Emily’s family or those that are close to her. On March 23, 2013, the Yuma Police Department opened a missing person’s case on Emily and it continues. In late 2014 the Yuma Police Department began running out of leads in the case and due to heavy case workloads Emily’s case was no longer the priority. In March of 2015 Emily’s family hired me as a private investigator. At this time Emily’s family and I began the process of independently reviewing case information and interviewing people who may have information of her whereabouts. This investigation has led to the identity of hundreds of people and dozens of theories of where and what may have happened to Emily.
As a retired law enforcement investigations commander with years of experience working in Yuma, my eyes were re-opened to the dark and violent underworld of drugs in our community, specifically that of the many sects of methamphetamine users and dealers. Unfortunately Emily came to associate with people who were not good for her and was caught up in this horrible drug, her world became surrounded by violent and evil people who provided her with drugs and used her as a young girl to do unspeakable things. She was abused, beaten and used to facilitate deals for meth dealers. What has complicated the investigation are the literally hundreds of people Emily was frequently connected to, each in fragmented meth groups that are independent of each other.
Throughout our investigation we have developed numerous leads and are continuing to check each and every one out thoroughly. We know there are people who know where Emily is. Some remain silent out of fear or plain apathy. In this community in the past few years young women were murdered whose deaths are related to this drug underworld. This could have happened to any of our families or friends.
Understand, the underworld of drugs in this community and others is costing each of us. Crimes are committed every day and night to support drug habits and make money for the predator dealers that are reaping the benefits of lives that are destroyed. It has been occurring for years and will continue until things radically change. But, this letter is not an appeal or a call for social change but a plea for those out there who have information about young Emily Hieber to come forward and contact us so that Emily’s family will know where she is. We do not know how this investigation will end but we are determined to find this young lady. We know Emily made bad choices and became involved in a lifestyle that caused her pain and suffering. No one deserves to be subjected to what Emily was put through by the people who took advantage of her youth and weakness to profit from this.
There is critical information in our community that would help us find Emily. Public assistance and cooperation is one of the most powerful tools available in any investigation. I ask anyone who has information to come forward and provide us with the information to solve Emily’s case. Please contact me at 928-750-5630. There is a Facebook page “Help us find Emily Hieber” in which you may send private messages with the information. You can contact the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME and leave the information anonymously. There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Emily.
Please help us find Emily.