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Higginbotham a no-show

*updated 5:20 p.m.*

After two days of intense media scrutiny, the Higginbothams were no-shows at a press conference the family scheduled Thursday afternoon at — p.m.

Currently, no one knows the whereabouts of Elbert Higginbotham and Rebecca Ann Bess (aka Becky Higginbotham), according to the family. The pair are wanted in Arizona on drug charges. Higginbotham last met with a Daily Tidings reporter at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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He went to the hospital to pick up his medicine,&

Ed Hill, grandfather of the children who were stranded for 17 days, said at the — p.m. press conference. Higginbotham was informed of the warrant earlier in the day.

Later, at their home, the Hills said they did not know where Higginbotham and Bess might have gone. &

They may have checked into a hotel,&

said their daughter-in-law Marlo Hill-Stivers, who was stranded in an RV with them. &

We haven&

t heard from them all day.&

Peter Stivers, son of Bess and step-son of Higginbotham, said he suspected that his parents&

shady past would come up as media attention grew.

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I only see them about once every eight years,&

he said. &

I hardly know them.&

Stivers said he had not heard from them on Thursday and did not know where they could be. Higginbotham talked to a reporter at length about his legal problems at 2 p.m. Thursday outside of the apartment in which the entire family has stayed since being rescued.

Staff writer can be reached at 482-3456 x 226 or bplain@dailytidings.com.