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    CA - Frances Blanche Groves, 42, Palm Springs, 1 January 1955



    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3668dfca.html

    Frances was last known to be working with her boyfriend. He took her out for a picnic, and he returned alone.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17377/0/



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    There is a potted biography of Frances here:

    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...GRid=100528172

    The man she was involved with at the time of her disappearance (and her presumed killer) is named there as Jim Phye.

    The "Auntie Pam" who put the biography online is Frances' granddaughter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MelmothTheLost View Post
    There is a potted biography of Frances here:

    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...GRid=100528172

    The man she was involved with at the time of her disappearance (and her presumed killer) is named there as Jim Phye.

    The "Auntie Pam" who put the biography online is Frances' granddaughter.
    According to this, she was married to Alva Groves when she was only 14, then had 7 children. She left her husband (and presumably her children) when Alva accidentally shot and killed one of them, Donald Dee, in 1950.

    She left Colorado in the company of Jim Phye, who she met while working at Pueblo Ordinance Depot; and after several residencies with him, including Missouri, and California, she was last seen in his company in 1954/55 going on a picnic in Palm Springs, California. Frances and Jim were working for a wealthy family in Palm Springs at the time of her disappearance. She is presumed murdered..
    All statements are my opinion only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty P View Post
    According to this, she was married to Alva Groves when she was only 14, then had 7 children.
    That's rather creepy, actually. A man of 34+ marrying a girl of 14 is seriously into paedophile territory. Certainly by today's standards, and it wasn't that long ago.

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    Does anyone have the wherewithall to look into Jim Phye in any detail - particularly whether he has any prior or subsequent criminal record?

    I wonder also whether it's possible to find out more about the domestic employment they had with the wealthy couple in Palm Springs. I would guess that the town was much smaller then and a more concentrated community. Who employed them? Was there anything about this family that raises questions before or after Frances and Jim worked for them. What was their role - I'm guessing housekeeper/cook and gardener/chauffeur/handyman but it could have been something else.

    Is there anything to suggest what Jim's motive would be for killing Frances, if indeed he did?

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    Jim Phye committed suicide in Las Vegas in 1996. A biography can be found at https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...GRid=121038288. It includes the information that "Frances disappeared in the company of James Franklin Phye sometime between 1954 and 1955, never to be heard from again. Phye started using an alias, and re-appeared in Las Vegas, Nv." There is a bit more information at http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/f...-hayes-groves/ including the name Brooks for the family that employed the couple.

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    I live in Palm Springs and never heard of her or this case- definitely need to find more info on this! Thanks for posting!



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