Reward offered in Foley murder case

Baldwin County
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FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — A reward is now being offered in a Foley homicide case. Authorities are hoping it will help in finding the man they call their “strongest person of interest” in the murder of Jeff Higginbotham.

Investigators say they have enough to arrest Nicholas Young for stealing Jeff Higginbotham’s SUV but, they really want to talk to him about the murder.

Now being posted all over South Baldwin County and Pensacola, a wanted poster for 35-year-old Nicholas Young with a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.  “It is strongly believed he is in the Pensacola area because that is where he would frequent when he wasn’t in jail when he wasn’t in Baldwin County and that’s where the vehicle was found,” says Capt. Steve Arthur with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. 

53-year-old Jeff Higginbotham’s black, Dodge Durango was found in Pensacola one day after he was discovered stabbed to death inside his Foley apartment.  “We did sign a warrant for him for theft of property first degree in connection of his taking the homicide victim’s vehicle,” says Arthur.  “He is still a wanted person in that charge and he is also wanted in the homicide.”

Young had been living at the apartment after being introduced to Higginbotham through a mutual friend and is still considered a person of interest in his murder.  “We hope to be able to speak to him about either his involvement or being able to alibi himself but at this point, he is the strongest person of interest in our homicide investigation.”

Those wanted posters are being posted in businesses, shelters and throughout the homeless community mainly in Pensacola.

If you have any information that can help investigators in this case you’re asked to call the Foley Police Department or the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

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