Investigation continues into local woman's 2018 disappearance


Investigators at the Walker County Sheriff's Office are seeking any information that will help find Maxine Bieberbach, a 26-year-old who has been missing since March 2018.

Cold case investigator Mike Cole has been working on solving Bieberbach's disappearance since taking over the role last fall.

She was reported missing by her sister, Zoshia Rosenfeld, in May 2018. The two had not spoken for four months, which was not unusual.

Bieberbach, who struggled with substance abuse, was last seen alive in early March 2018 at a residence on Empire Road outside of Sumiton.

Investigators believe that Bieberbach, who had outstanding warrants, received a call that law enforcement officers were coming to arrest her.

A person at the residence said Bieberbach fled into a small wooded area near the house. This is the last time confirmed so far that she was seen alive.

Those who knew Bieberbach have said she had spoken of plans to travel to California, where she had family and friends. However, a search of state and federal databases has not provided evidence that she is in another state and nothing new has been posted to her social media accounts. 

Investigators believe it is possible that Bieberbach had someone pick her up and went to buy heroin. One of her last posts was "3,2,1 blast off to the moon." It is possible that Bieberbach overdosed and the person she was with dumped her body.

Bieberbach, who had maintained her recovery for a length of time, was scheduled to enter a long-term treatment facility but relapsed after losing her daughter to cancer.

The current investigation is centered on the communities of Coon Creek, Sipsey, Empire and Yerkwood. 

Anyone with information about Bieberbach's disappearance is asked to contact Cole at 302-6464 ext. 107 or 205-300-8958.