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1 Section A Page 4 I Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sunday December 101995 New Plus Size Fashions New Lower Prices Fashionable Holiday Apparel 1 Terrific Selection NOW Available New Shipments Arriving Weekly 20070 - 60tra our k EVERITHIENG ?I ! 1 : 111 a Ai : Am : 4 IrM4 1 fli isA alt v ttle er-11-c - R S I T rS-Al rAl 111Sr-ITE1 - POCUI 1 A le" O 10 - Plus Size & Maternity OUTLET '444 ' Arlington - 4400 Little Rd (1-20) I 4 ' (817) 561-0383 t - Southwest Plaza Near Albertson's Grocery Mon thru Sat lham-hpm Closed Sun Le tes As Major Credit Cards Checks Cirth Accepted Gift Certalleates : Ir-AM4$)4)4444-Pt44)4)1tA4PtkocAlt)It4M)-Y a AiM0050 ACLB018 TU Participating Contractor 'oca Classic bomber in black misses sizes XSSMLXL SERVICES Lic TACLA008855 SAVE UP TO 50 ELECTRIC USAGE - FOR FREE ESTIMATE CALL Ft Worth Arlington 831-6777 275-3505 kor MONTHS Same as Cash See Dealer for Details 80c)0 Gas Furnace t'cr V4 111 Af 04C4 y00 - Year end Inventory g4 ' As low as93Zt Installed Close-Out 1 rices too Low to advertise on existing duct closet venting and gas pipe OR Complete 10 seer heating and air conditioning system As low as 1124 00 Installed Prices too Low to advertise Limited Quantities Condenser coil and furnace on existing slab duct electrical copper pipe disconnect and closet AMERICAN EMPIRE Trial may resolve 2 1 -year nightmare Harassing phone calls compound parents' griefover missing girl BY M IREYA NAVARRO The New York Times MIAMI — One afternoon in March 1974 17-year-old Amy Billig came home from school changed clothes and headed for her father's nearby art gallery to get money for lunch Construction workers in her neighborhood in Miami's Coconut Grove section saw her walk by Then she vanished Like the parents of thousands of other American children reported missing every year Susan and Ned Billig wavered between hope and dread as they spent their waking hours searching for their daughter But her disappearance in itself was only one cause for their grief Another was the telephone calls that came at night from a man who claimed to be the abductor and who described the things he was doing to their child Those calls continued off and on for 21 years To this day Amy Billig remains missing But in October some of the calls were finally traced to Henry Blair 47 who has now pleaded not guilty to the felony of aggravated stalking of Susan Billig and is scheduled for trial next month Asked whether Blair is a suspect in Amy Billig's disappearance or instead had undertaken a two-decade campaign of harassment after reading about the case an FBI spokesman would say only that an inquiry is continuing Blair married and the father of two children is a decorated 24- year veteran of the US Customs Service a special agent who oversees drug interdiction at the Port of Miami and on the Miami River That twist has once again prompted headlines about the case which perplexed Miami long before the problem of missing children became a leading national issue Organizations that help search for missing children say it is not unusual in highly publicized cases for the parents to receive harassing calls But they and federal law-enforcement officials said they know of no other case in which the harassment occurred over so long a period "I had him on top of everything" Susan I3illig 70 now a widow said of the caller "He took away 21 years of my life when I should have been concentrating on finding Amy" Amy Billig disappeared two weeks before her high school graduation one of roughly 4000 American children a year reported to have been seized by strangers For the next two decades the Billigs engaged in a cross-country search that required them to sell many of their possessions and to close their art gallery to talk to Death Row prisoners and motorcycle gangs and to follow leads in Seattle Oklahoma and Nevada Throughout the ordeal the one constant in their lives was the caller — Billig describes his voice as "low threatening" — from whom they began hearing within weeks of the disappearance In one call according to court documents filed in the case against Blair the man told Billig that "she would be abducted like her daughter and sold into a slave trade" In another he told her that she had only two weeks to live The caller never demanded ransom Billig who took most of the calls and taped some of them said "he wanted a mother-anddaughter sex thing" Often she would hang up on him But sometimes she would talk to him for a couple of minutes begging him to "have a heart" Once when she asked him to put her daughter on the phone he said he had cut out Amy Billig's tongue 13illig says she always had the sense that the caller was watching her He knew when her husband died of lung cancer two years ago and when she too fell ill with the disease Twice they agreed to meet but the caller never appeared Billig never changed her telephone number "I wanted her to be able to reach us if she had to" she said of her daughter "I feel the same way now" Investigators say that despite the number of calls tracing them was difficult because many were made from pay telephones and because they came in spurts Sometimes the man would call as many as seven times a night But months would go by before he called again Then in October several calls were traced to a cellular telephone and Blair He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated-stalking charges which deal with calls made in March April and May of 1993 and in October Despite his not-guilty plea state prosecutors say in documents filed with the Dade County Circuit Court Blair has admitted making Frosty the Snowman — Ill 4 iUtL P ' asa itentr 8 37- All such calls for the past year and a half or so Blair is free on bail Standing on the doorstep of his A-frame house in the town of Kendall a short drive south of Miami he politely declined to comment on the charges referring questions to his lawyers They also declined to comment and have asked the court to bar the release of the taped calls to the public or news organizations at least until a jury has been chosen and sequestered The Customs Service has placed Blair on paid administrative leave while the case against him is pending His colleagues who know him as Hank are disbelieving They describe him as honest hard-working and affable Last year he was among three customs agents awarded Spain's highest civilian honor by King Juan Carlos for recovering in Miami a 17th-century painting stolen in 1985 from a Spanish museum Bi llig who says the caller identified himself as Johnson — Blair's middle name — is equally shocked "1 just don't understand why he pinpointed me and Amy" she said "There has to be a reason" Billig an interior designer and art dealer who was just elected to the Coconut Grove Village Council clings to the hope of seeing her daughter again But most of all she craves "to know the truth" The daughter she describes as spiritual and "into nature" a "flower child" who wrote poetry and played 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