Phyllis Eleanor Berry

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Top Row: Berry, circa 1975;
Bottom Row: Age-progressions to age 45 (circa 1999)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 1, 1975 from Terlingua, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 16, 1954
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Berry has a flat brown mole on the lower right side of her abdomen. Her ears are pierced. She has a slight space between her upper front teeth. Berry has a freckle between her thumb and right wrist. She may be known as Phyllis Benny and/or Phyllis Ecklison.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A tan and black shirt, blue jeans and knee-high granny boots that laced up the front.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Berry was last seen in Terlingua, Texas on November 1, 1975, near the Mexican border, at the annual World Championship Chili Cook-Off. Some ten to fifteen thousand people attended the event. Berry lived in Odessa, Texas; she and her female roommate had quit their jobs and planned to camp out in the area. They had packed food and clothes into Berry's vehicle and also had an Irish Setter puppy that belonged to her. She disappeared at around midnight and was last seen sitting around a campfire about a quarter-mile from the headquarters of the cooking contest. She may have left the area riding on the back of a Honda 350 motorcycle with an unidentified male, described as being in his twenties with blond hair.

    Berry has never been seen again. Because she was happy with her life and because she left all her belongings behind, her roommate doesn't believe she left of her own accord. Foul play is suspected in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    NamUs
    The Odessa American

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 11, 2016; clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.

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