Demakia Phinizee vanished at the age of 26 on October 12th, 2007. At the time of her disappearance, Demakia was had just become a veteran. She had recently completed five years in the U.S. Army, and had started working as a security guard at the Fillmore Center—an alternative school located in Tupelo, Mississippi. Demakia was seen dropping somebody off at the school before driving away in her red Pontiac Grand Am (pictured below). She never returned home to her three children and has never been seen or heard from again.
Later that evening, Demakia’s car was found parked at the Warfield Apartments on Jackson Street in Tupelo. Witnesses reportedly saw the vehicle entering the complex at a high speed rate. After it was parked, the witnesses saw an African-American male wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans getting out of car’s driver seat before running behind the apartment building. Said male has never been identified.
Demakia remains missing today, and there has been very little information released about the investigation. Early on, it was revealed that police reportedly have no suspects or persons of interest in her case. Despite the suspicious incident with her car, Demakia’s case is not being investigated as a crime; but just as a missing persons case. However, Demakia’s family members do not believe she would voluntarily abandon her children or stay out of touch with her loved ones. Northeast Mississippi Crimestoppers has taken over the investigation into Demakia’s disapearance. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact them at 1-800-773-8477.