Heather Riggio last seen May 2007
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. –
Five years ago, a South Florida woman mysterious disappeared. Heather Riggio vanished after leaving a relative’s home in North Miami Beach. Now, investigators say they have a person of interest in the case.
“Heather was the girl next door, blonde hair, blue eyes,” said North Miami Beach Homicide Detective Sgt. Richard Rand. “She could have been your daughter, my daughter.”
To those who love her, like Sybil Cherierico, Heather’s grandmother and the woman who raised her, it has been a rough road.
“We had a good relationship. Heather would have never ran away,” said Cherierico. “She had, she was too much into her family and we spoke every day on the telephone. That was like a big thing — she had to call me at least once a day so I knew she was alright, and things were okay with her.”
May 6, 2007 was the last time Cherierico saw her Riggio, 20, when she got in an SUV with an older man and drove off.
“She just called him ‘Sugar Daddy,'” said Cherierico. “That’s all. She said he was a sugar daddy. I guess that kind of wraps it up, you know, on who he was to her.”
“His name is Clifton Clayton Boggess,” said Rand.
Boggess owned an irrigation supply company in Homestead. That company, according to his assistant, recently changed hands.
“He had a criminal past — a violent criminal past,” said Rand.
Boggess has quite a rap sheet, including a 1997 arrest for kidnapping and shooting a woman. According to the police report, when a woman refused his advances and jumped out of Boggess’ car, Boggess chased her down, and shot her in the head several times before driving away. He was arrested, convicted and served time after reaching a plea agreement with the state.
“I explained to him that this could be his daughter and all I wanted was to find Heather. He became extremely agitated. He completely became defensive,” said Rand.
Local 10 attempted to speak with Boggess about being named a person of interest by police. He never return calls, though a woman who called herself his assistant and appeared familiar with the case said, “He had no comment. This is nothing he hasn’t heard before.”