Daphne Philisia Jones
Missing since January 3, 1999 from New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Daphne disappeared from her Lakefront area apartment just days before she was scheduled to move to the Washington, D.C., area. Her grandmother, Ethel Clark, had dropped her off at her New Orleans apartment in the 5500 block of St. Anthony Street at 14:30. Daphne was scheduled to work a 15:00 shift at Brennanís Restaurant as a hostess, but she never made it. Her cousin spoke with her on the telephone that afternoon when she was supposed to be at work, and Daphne was upset
Daphne previously lived in Columbia, MO. She went to Edward Hynes Elementary and Fannie C. Williams Middle schools in New Orleans, and had gone to high school in Washington. She attended her first year of college at the University of Maryland. And both her siblings lived in the Washington area at the time,
but she had been in New Orleans since January 1995. During that time, she explored her love of languages, including Spanish and Vietnamese, Japanese and French. She talked about one day working overseas.
A student at the University of New Orleans, Daphne had recently moved from the dorms into an apartment after learning she was pregnant. She had a plane ticket and planned to leave for Maryland in six days, to live with her mother. She hadn't planned the pregnancy. She had been hoping to finish college, travel abroad and use her foreign language skills to work in international relations or teaching.
Daphne was planning to leave her job at Brennan's Restaurant and drop her classes at the University of New Orleans. She would fly home at the end of the week. She would keep the child, even though her boyfriend didn't want it.
When family searched her apartment the heater, television and iron were on. Her backpack with her identification was found at her house.
Foul play is suspected.
Investigators New Orleans Police Department
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New Orleans Police Department
Agency Case Number: A-7992-99
National Center for Missing Adults
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA 5/5/99