Nearly two years after Heidi Planck disappeared, her friends and family, including her 13-year-old son, have no answers about what happened to the 39-year-old mother.
Surveillance video shows her entering a downtown Los Angeles building, but no video shows her leaving. A search for his body in a Castaic dump yielded no answers.
“We’re nowhere because they didn’t find anything,” said Jim Wayne, Planck’s ex-husband. “I just hope that if someone saw something, they would come forward and say, ‘I know who did it.’ »
Now, in an effort to encourage possible witnesses to come forward and keep Planck’s case in the public eye, his friends have posted his photo on billboards across Los Angeles.
“Maybe they will awaken someone’s guilty conscience,” said Danielle Nadolny, a friend of Planck. “Maybe she’s dead, but where is the body?” Or who had the ability to hide his body so well that LA’s most elite detectives couldn’t find it?
“MISSING MOM,” the billboards read in big red letters, accompanied by photos of Planck.
The messages are expected to remain on billboards through October, attracting the attention of drivers and pedestrians along busy streets near the intersections of Venice Boulevard and Olive Street, Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street, and 12th Street and South Broadway, and on the west side of Highway 10 near San Pedro Street.
“At the end of the day, when a mother is thrown out like trash and thrown out like that, it pisses off a lot of people,” said a friend of Planck’s who helped organize the ads but asked not to be identified to protect her . confidentiality.
Planck was reported missing by Wayne, who called the police three days after she failed to pick up their son from school.
Planck was last seen on October 17, 2021, when, according to Wayne, she left in the middle of their son’s soccer game after looking “a little nervous.”
“I just remember her saying, ‘I have to leave,’” he said at the time.
Police would later discover that Planck at one point went to a luxury apartment in downtown Los Angeles, where she did not live, on South Hope Street.
Planck’s dog was found inside the building. Police said forensic evidence found inside the building “led detectives to believe an incident occurred that resulted in Planck’s death.”
But what happened to Planck inside the building — and why building surveillance video showed her entering the building but not leaving — is unknown.
In November, the investigation into Planck’s disappearance took investigators to a landfill in Castaic. Heavy machinery could be seen digging in the area, but to no avail.
This week, LAPD officials said Planck’s case, which is being handled by the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, was still open and actively being investigated.
Wayne said October was a difficult time for him and their son, who are still struggling with the lack of answers. Sometimes the two lie awake at night, remembering Planck, and trying to encourage each other that there will be answers, at some point.
“It’s not an easy task,” Wayne said. “It’s a tough time of year for the little guy because it brings all these things up.”
Still, he said he’s encouraged that the LAPD continues to pursue leads in the case.
Planck’s friend who helped put up the billboards said she hoped the ads would remind anyone involved in Planck’s disappearance that, even as time passes, the pressure to find answers will not cease .
“It’s not going to go away,” she said. “It’s been two years and it’s only going to get stronger and stronger.”