Demakia Ann Phinizee
Demakia, approximately 2007; Robert Phinizee in 2020; Demakia's 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
Date reported missing : 10/12/2007
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'1 - 5'3, 122 - 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue denim capri pants with pockets in the sides, a tan shirt with red around the sleeves and neck, and red flip-flop sandals.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Demakia's ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Demakia was last seen dropping someone else off at the Fillmore Center, the alternative school where she worked as a security guard in the 900 block of Fillmore Drive in Tupelo, Mississippi, at noon on October 12, 2007. She has never been heard from again.
Her red two-door 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, which she was driving when she was last seen, was recovered that evening at Warfield Apartments in the 2600 block of Jackson Street in Tupelo. A photograph of it is posted with this case summary. Witnesses saw the vehicle enter the apartment complex at a high rate of speed. An African-American male wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans was driving. He exited the car and ran behind the apartments, where there was a field and a small storAge at the time of disappearance: unit.
When Demakia didn't pick up her children from her sister's house after school, her sister reported her missing. When police went to her home, they noted the sheets in the master bedroom were gone. Demakia's husband, Robert Delawrence "Tre" Phinizee, said he hadn't seen her since 6:00 a.m. on the day of her disappearance, and suggested she had simply run off with a boyfriend. He said he'd removed the sheets because their children had wet the bed. The sheets were never recovered.
Demakia spent five years in the United States Army and was earning a degree in criminal justice at the time of her disappearance. She and Robert were separated and she was seeing another man. Her loved ones stated it is uncharacteristic of her to abandon her children. There had been at least two domestic violence incidents in the couple's relationship.
A photo of Robert is posted with this case summary. He took the children and moved out of Tupelo the day after Demakia's disappearance. He later remarried. In February 2020, he was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his estranged wife; they were in the process of a divorce.
In the wake of Robert's arrest, police are looking into Demakia's disappearance again. He has always been the main person of interest in her case, but he has never been charged in connection with it.
Demakia is a U.S. Army veteran and was getting a degree in criminal justice at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
September 2021 updates and sources
Crimestoppers of Northeast Mississippi
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
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