Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Amy was last seen hitchhiking near her home in Coconut Grove, Florida. It was a school holiday and Amy was meeting her friends downtown for lunch. By dinnertime, the Billigs knew something was wrong and contacted a Miami police officer who was a family friend. He said to wait 24 hours before reporting Amy as missing. Next day the family called the police.
Amy was a student at Miami South High School at the time. She loved the music of Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, she wrote poetry and was into love and peace. Her father, Ned Billig, owned a gallery in Miami's artists' quarter of Coconut Grove. He last saw her as she stopped by for lunch money.
Until her death in 2005 Sue believed it was no coincidence that her daughter vanished on the way to meet her friends on the same day that several hundred Hell's Angels roared into town on their bikes in celebration of their annual "Bike Week". Two days after Amy's disappearance a woman rang the Billigs to say that the Outlaw motorcycle gang had abducted Amy and were holding her against her will. Over the years, Sue Billig personally investigated nearly 100 claims from people alleging that they knew what happened to her daughter.
In 1997 a retired Hell's Angel, Red Pompano, 65, and suffering terminal cancer, claimed that Amy and a friend had been lured by bikers to join a drugs party in a remote part of the Everglades. The friend managed to escape, but Amy was drugged and abducted by a biker named Paul Branch who kept her a virtual prisoner for two years. But when Sue Billig found Branch he was also terminally ill and refused to confirm that he had abducted Amy. But he did say that she had a two-inch-long appendicitis scar — something that had never got into the media. Branch died a week later before Sue Billig could question him further.
Ned Billig and his wife Sue are dead, but Amy's brother Josh keeps up the search for her.
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Miami Police Department