The Disappearance of Demakia Ann Phinizee

By Naptime Nancy

Twenty six year old US Army Veteran, Demakia Ann Phinizee, was studying criminal justice at the time of her disappearance and working hard to support her family. She was last seen on Friday, October 12, 2007, at around noon. Demakia was dropping off a coworker at the Fillmore Center, an alternative school in Tupelo, Mississippi, where she worked as a security guard. When the mother of three failed to pick up her children from her sister’s house just hours after being seen at her work, Demakia’s sister called police and reported her missing.

Demakia Phinizee’s 2005 Grand Am Pontiac coupe

That same evening, Demakia’s 2005 red Pontiac Grand Am coupe was seen abandoned in the apartment buildings of the 2600 block of W Jackson St, Tupelo, MS. A witness reported the sped into the parking lot of the apartment complex and a black male wearing a white t-shirt and jeans jumped out of the car and ran behind the apartment complex. There is a field and small storage unit area behind the complex. Unfortunately, there is no record I have found thus far of there being a suspect composite or better description of the male.

Demakia Phinizee, also known as Demakia Dillard to those who grew up with her. She is 5’1″ in height, approximately 122 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The outfit Demakia was last seen wearing is described as jean capri pants, a tan shirt with red around the collar and cuffs, and red flip flops. Her disappearance has only ever been treated as a missing person case and it is unclear whether or not her car was examined for foul play. Demakia’s family is adament that she would never have left her three children, but because they believe that foul play is involved, she was pronounced dead the day of her disappearance.

If you have any information at all in regards to Demakia Phinizee’s (Dillard) disappearance, please call Northeast Mississippi Crimestoppers 800-773-8477.


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