KS KS - David Phillips, 46, Saline County, 10 June 1883

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  1. anthrobones

    anthrobones New Member

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    I think this is the oldest case I've ever seen anywhere. Ever.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1472dmks.html

    David Laurie Phillips
    Missing since June 10, 1883 from Saline County, Kansas
    Classification: Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 46 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Beard & moustache; Light blue or grey eyes.




    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Phillips was last seen traveling by train from Kansas to Los Angelas on June 10, 1883. He was going to visit his nephew, Dr. William A. Phillips at his home in Los Angeles, California.
    Phillips sent a telegram to Dr. Phillips from Las Vegas, New Mexico, and again from Yuma, New Mexico.
    When the train arrived in Los Angeles, David Phillips was not on the train. Dr. Phillips was given an urgent message by a passenger on the train. The young man stated that David had acted incoherently at the Yuma station; seventy miles later, about 1 am on June 10, 1883 the train made a brief stop at Volcano Springs, as the train was pulling away, the roadmaster saw Phillips leap from the train, reporting later that he had "neither hat, shoes, nor coat".
    The original missing persons report cannot be found. Although David Phillips' body was never recovered, the family erected a monument in his memory in Gypsum Hill Cemtery, Salina, which says "So he died there and the Lord buried him in the Valley but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day."
    Deut.34 Ch. 5.6

     
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  3. Dr. Doogie

    Dr. Doogie New Member

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    That would make him 169 years old today. Anbody want to try and get LE to do an age progression for him?
     
  4. PonderingThings

    PonderingThings Former member

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    I seriously laughed out loud at that!!!!!

    You know though, even though this case is very old, it is still possible to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

    I'm thinking of the movie "Back To The Future" where family folklore had it that their father fell out of a tree and their mother nursed him back to health... they later met at the "Under the Sea" dance (or somethink like that).

    About a Christmas.....

    I read an a different story once where a man was going up the mountain to consult with an old woman, because she was known as a witch. This was just 2 days before Christmas.

    His horse and buggy slid off the road and he ended up clinging for life in a tree. He stayed there all night, freezing. In the morning a beautiful young girl looked down the embankment and said "There you are!". She managed to toss him a rope and pull him up (using her mule I think?).

    It was now Christmas Eve. The beautiful young woman took the man to her grandmother's house, on the mountain. She mixed him up some herbal remedies and although he suffered from a fever, and was quite sick, he came through it all ok.

    Turns out the Grandmother was the witch he was seeking. She "knew", through intuition, that someone was coming and had not arrived, so she sent her Granddaughter to check the road for him.

    That young man ended up marrying the beautiful young woman one year later, on Christmas Eve..... Oh and the young woman's family name? It was Christmas!

    Family folklore can be VERY interesting.... if anyone wants to find this man, they may find it in the "How we met" stories of their family tree!
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  5. PonderingThings

    PonderingThings Former member

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    Here is the oldest unidentified victim post on the Doe Network
    http://doenetwork.us/cases/265ufky.html

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    Unidentified Female

    * Found in the late 1800's, in Harrodsburg Spring Park in Kentucky.

    Case History
    On an unspecified date in the late 1800's, a young woman checked into the Harrodsburg Springs Hotel in the small Kentucky town. She used a false name, and while no one knew her true identity, they recalled that she was beautiful. That night, as music played in the ballroom, the girl came downstairs and began dancing with various partners.

    The girl danced and at the end of the night, her final partner realized, that the young girl had died in his arms. The staff and guests held a funeral for the girl and she was buried on the hotel's property. The hotel is gone now. It burned down more than fifty years ago, although the grave remains in what is now a public park. There is a metal marker over her resting place that reads ... "UNKNOWN - Hallowed and Hushed be the place of the dead. Step Softly. Bow Head."

    As time has passed, local residents claim that the girl still returns to the site of the hotel.

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky is located about thirty miles southwest of Lexington on Route 68 and just a few miles north of the Perryville Battlefield. The city park where the hotel once stood is located in the center of town.
     
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    Hollow Former member

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  7. meggilyweggily

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    I think he would look like Yoda, only not green.
     
  8. anthrobones

    anthrobones New Member

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    Well, looks like Sheriff Nimrod Miller has surpassed David as the oldest missing person case I've heard of.
     
  9. anthrobones

    anthrobones New Member

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  10. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily Member

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    It's not really official, but I think I'm not going to post any cases on Charley from the 19th century. I'd love to make a website about Charley's namesake, Charles Brewster "Charley" Ross, though. I'm not expecting him to be found -- kid's been missing since 1874 I think -- but his story is fascinating, tragic and ironic.
     
  11. KarlK

    KarlK New Member

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    Just out of curiosity, is it simply because there are absolutely no chances of finding any person that's been missing for so long alive (obviously)? Or that the possibility of obtaining reliable new info on such cases is virtually inexistent?
     

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