David Laurie Phillips
Missing since June 10, 1883 from Saline County, Kansas
Circumstances of Disappearance
Phillips was last seen traveling by train from Kansas to Los Angles 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 01.00 on June 10, 1883, when the train made a brief stop at Volcano Springs, as the train was pulling away, the road master 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 Cemetery, 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."
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Saline County Sheriff's Office
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