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Missing Demakia Ann Phinizee
Demakia, circa 2007; Robert Phinizee in 2020; Demakia's 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
Missing Since 10/12/2007
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 26 years old
Height and Weight 5'1 - 5'3, 122 - 160 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description 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 African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Demakia's ears are pierced.
Details of Disappearance 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.
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.
Investigating Agency / Department
Mississippi Department of Public Safety