The missing wife of an international Bitcoin entrepreneur reportedly told charity workers she was broke and ‘in debt’ prior to her mysterious disappearance.
When a neighbour approached the south Sydney home of 48-year-old Madeline Biggatton to collect donations for the National Heart Foundation, she was greeted by the successful mother-of-two in what looked to be a large and expensive foyer.
‘We don’t have a cent to spare,’ Ms Bigatton – whose husband John is a director of bitcoin investment company BitConnect – allegedly informed the woman.
Mrs Bigatton (pictured with her Bitcoin enterpreneur husband John) reportedly told charity workers that she was broke and ‘in debt’ prior to her disappearance
‘We don’t have a cent to spare’ Ms Bigatton – whose husband John is a director of bitcoin investment company BitConnect – allegedly informed the woman (pictured is Ms Bigatton’s home)
The neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, alleged to News.com.au that Ms Biggatton claimed to be experiencing ‘business problems [and] business debt’.
‘For the owners of such a big beautiful house, it’s unusual they couldn’t give a dollar,’ she said.
‘Inside looked stunning, but the outside was unfinished.’
Madeline Bigatton sent a text message to her husband telling him to ‘feed the dog’ and left her wedding ring in the car moments before she disappeared.
She was captured on CCTV getting into her car in the driveway of her family home at Carss Park on the morning of March 25, before dropping her daughter at a friend’s house nearby.
She is believed to have then driven up to Kurnell, where her black Kia Sorento was found parked later that night.
Mrs Bigatton has not been seen since.
Ms Bigatton (second from right) was last seen getting into her car in the driveway of her family home on March 25. (She is pictured with her husband John and their two daughters)
Now three months since her disappearance, relatives revealed to Daily Mail Australia Mrs Biggaton’s final message to her husband in which she asked him to care for their family pets.
‘At about 3.30pm, she sends John some weird messages and says: ‘Don’t forget to feed the dog’,’ a relative said.
Mrs Bigatton held a senior position with a pharmaceutical company, and was an adoring mother to her daughters.
The relative said Mrs Bigatton had hinted to family she was in a ‘dark place’ in the days before she vanished, but insisted it was totally out of character for her to do anything to harm herself.
Ms Bigatton (pictured with her daughter) held a senior position with a pharmaceutical company and was an adoring mother, according to relatives
Mrs Bigatton reportedly dropped her daughter at a friends’ house before driving up the cliffs at Kurnell. She left her wedding rings in the car, messaged her husband to ‘feed the dogs’ and has not been seen since
‘The day before she disappeared she said to her sister: ‘I’m not in a good place, I’m in a dark place’,’ the relative said.
‘Then on Sunday she jumped in the car and takes her youngest daughter to a friends’ house. She had packed her beach towel and then drives up to Kurnell.
Police searched the area where Mrs Bigatton’s car was found, but failed to find any trace of the missing mum.
‘When they got up there they found the car empty, with her wedding rings inside. We assume she jumped off, but they searched for her body and never found it,’ he said.
Mrs Bigatton’s husband John was Australian director of now defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform ‘Bitconnect’.
Publicly available files show he joined the company in September last year.
Just months after having risen rapidly to be worth more than AUD$620 per coin, the company suddenly shut down in January.
On its website it cited having received two cease and desist letters from different U.S states and ongoing ‘bad press’ as the reasons for ending operations.
Following Bitconnect’s closure, the price of Bitconnect Coin has dropped to just over AUD60cents.
The mother-of-two was last seen on CCTV getting into her black Kia Sorento in the driveway of her home (pictured)
Ms Bigatton’s relative said family and friends held a memorial for her in early May, in a bid to remember her and pay tribute, despite not knowing what happened to her.
‘She was just so loved, the church was completely packed out,’ he said.
‘It’s just so not like Madeline (to go missing). 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.’
An extensive search of the Kurnell area was conducted after her disappearance, with rescue helicopters, Marine Area Command and the Dog Unit involved.
Family and friends of the much loved mother held a memorial for Ms Bigatton in early May
Anyone in the vicinity of Cape Solander at Kurnell who may have sighted her or her vehicle, to contact St George Police or Crime Stoppers.
Mrs Bigatton is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 160cm to 170cm tall, of a slim build, and with shoulder length brown hair.
She was last seen in the CCTV footage wearing a khaki green singlet, three-quarter pants, and was carrying a black and white bag.
Police are hoping to speak to two men of Indian appearance who reportedly picked up Mrs Bigatton’s car keys the day after she went missing.