Daphne Philisia Jones
Jones, approximately 1999
Date reported missing : 01/03/1999
Missing location (approx) :
New Orleans, Louisiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 07/16/1976 (45)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A yellow pullover jacket, blue jeans, sneakers and a silver ring.
Medical conditions : Jones was two months pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jones has a tattoo of a Chinese symbol on her right shoulder. Her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jones called her grandmother on January 3, 1999 and told her she would tell her boyfriend she was moving out. She was supposed to report for her 3:00 p.m. shift at Brennan's, where she was a hostess, but apparently did not do so since her cousin got a phone call from her at the time she was supposed to be at work. She was upset during the conversation with her cousin.
The next afternoon, Jones's apartment was found empty. All the lights were turned off, but the heater, television and iron were turned on, and there was food lying out. It appeared Jones had left home in a hurry. She has never been heard from again.
Jones was a student at the University of New Orleans in 1999. She had been living in the school's dormitories, but had moved into an apartment after learning of her pregnancy. She told her family that her unborn child's father was pressuring her to get an abortion.
Jones vanished shortly before she was supposed to move back to Washington, D.C., where she had graduated high school, to live with her mother. She had already bought her plane ticket and was due to fly out January 9.
Jones's parents and grandmother have died in the years since her disappearance. Her family believes she was murdered. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
New Orleans Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. December 14, 2017; picture added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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