The Mail Online reported that the wife of an international Bitcoin entrepreneur has gone missing in Sydney, Australia, baffling local police.
Three months ago, 48-year-old Madeline Biggaton’s last message to her husband was simply “feed the dog” before driving away from her home in the south of Sydney. After dropping off her daughter at a friend’s she parked her car 24 km south of the city in Kurnell and hasn’t been seen since.
The missing woman’s husband is John Biggaton, Australian director of crypto exchange Bitconnect which has since shut down. Months after Bitconnect’s price reached AUD 620, the company was forced to shut down its operations. Its website cited cease and desist letters from Texas and North Carolina as the reason for its sudden closure in January of this year. It also cited ongoing “bad press” as another reason for shutting down.
Bitconnect has been suspected of being a Ponzi scheme because of its multilevel marketing structure and for various other reasons. The Bitconnect Coin was among the world’s top 20 most successful cryptocurrency tokens until its price plunged 65% starting 3 January 2018.
It is reported that Mrs Biggaton, who held a senior position with a pharmaceutical company, was in a “dark place” in the days leading up to her disappearance and left two wedding rings in the car which was later discovered by local police.
As the car was parked near cliffs at Kurnell with the keys in it, police assumed that she had jumped off, but after an extensive search with rescue helicopters, Marine Area Command and the Dog Unit involved, her body wasn’t found.
Family and friends held a memorial for her in early May despite not knowing what happened to her. A friend said:
“She was just so loved, the church was completely packed out… It’s just so not like Madeline. She was brought up in cotton wool, she was one of those real sort of good girls who never put a foot wrong her whole life… We hope she’s out there somewhere, but we are all just trying to connect all the dots together to work out what happened.”
Police are hoping to speak to two men “of Indian appearance” who reportedly picked up Mrs Biggaton’s car keys the day after she went missing.
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