Frances Blanche Groves
Groves, approximately 1955; James Phye in the 1950s
Date reported missing : 01/01/1955
Missing location (approx) :
Palm Springs, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/20/1915 (106)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 - 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2 - 5'7, 125 - 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Groves's nickname is Fanny. Her maiden name is Hayes. Her ears are pierced.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Groves married in 1929, when she was just fourteen years old. She and her husband had seven children and lived in Colorado. In 1950, Groves's husband accidentally shot and killed their only son. Afterwards, the couple separated and Frances moved to another house in Pueblo, Colorado.
Groves met James Franklin Fye while she was working at the Pueblo Ordnance Depot, and they began dating. They moved to Missouri, and then to Palm Springs, California. In Palm Springs, Phye and Groves both got jobs working in the household of a wealthy family named Brooks.
A photo of Phye is posted with this case summary. He was divorced and had three children. Groves claimed they were married, but her family was later unable to find a marriAge at the time of disappearance: certificate. There was a history of domestic violence in their relationship.
Sometime in 1955, Phye and Groves went out for a picnic and he returned without her. She has never been heard from again. She left a six-figure sum in cash behind in a safe deposit box.
Phye committed suicide in 1996. He left a note, but its contents haven't been released. It's unclear whether he was involved in Groves's disappearance; her case remains unsolved. Little information is available about her disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Palm Springs Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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