Phyllis Eleanor Berry
Berry, approximately 1975; Age at the time of disappearance: -progressions to Age at the time of disappearance: 45 (approximately 1999)
Date reported missing : 11/01/1975
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/16/1954 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A tan and black shirt, blue jeans and knee-high granny boots that laced up the front.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Berry has a flat brown mole on the lower right side of her abdomen. Her ears are pierced and she has a slight space between her upper front teeth and a freckle between her thumb and right wrist. She may be known as Phyllis Benny and/or Phyllis Ecklison.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Berry was last seen in Terlingua, Texas on November 1, 1975, near the Mexican border, at the annual World Championship Chili Cook-Off. Some ten to fifteen thousand people attended the event. Berry lived in Odessa, Texas; she and her female roommate had quit their jobs and planned to camp out in the area. They had packed food and clothes into Berry's vehicle and also had an Irish Setter puppy that belonged to her.
Berry disappeared at around midnight and was last seen sitting around a campfire about a quarter-mile from the headquarters of the cooking contest. She may have left the area riding on the back of a Honda 350 motorcycle with an unidentified male, described as being in his twenties with blond hair.
Berry has never been seen again. Because she was happy with her life and because she left all her belongings behind, her roommate doesn't believe she left of her own accord. Foul play is suspected in her case.
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September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
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The Odessa American
October 12, 2004. March 11, 2016; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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