Frances Blanche Groves

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Above Images: Groves, circa 1955


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: 1955 from Palm Springs, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1915
  • Age: 39 - 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'7, 125 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Groves's nickname is Fanny. Her maiden name is Hayes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Groves was last seen in Palm Springs, California sometime in 1955. She was working for a family named Brooks and dating James Phye at the time of her disappearance. There was a history of domestic violence in their relationship. 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 during the 1990s. 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. She left behind eight siblings and six children.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Springs Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Finda a Grave


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 13, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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