Frances Blanche Groves
Groves, approximate photo date 1955 James Phye in the 1950s
Missing since: 01/01/1955
Palm Springs, California
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 04/20/1915 (105)
Age at time of disappearance: 39 - 40 years old
Height / Weight: 5'2 - 5'7, 125 - 150 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Groves's nickname is Fanny. Her maiden name is Hayes. Her ears are pierced.
Details at time of disappearance: Groves married in 1929, when she was just fourteen years old. She and her husband had seven children and lived in Colorado. In 1950, Groves's husband accidentally shot and killed their only son. Afterwards, the couple separated and Frances moved to another house in Pueblo, Colorado.
Groves met James Franklin Fye while she was working at the Pueblo Ordnance Depot, and they began dating. They moved to Missouri, and then to Palm Springs, California. In Palm Springs, Phye and Groves both got jobs working in the household of a wealthy family named Brooks.
A photo of Phye is posted with this case summary. He was divorced and had three children. Groves claimed they were married, but her family was later unable to find a marriage certificate. There was a history of domestic violence in their relationship.
Sometime in 1955, 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 in 1996. 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. Little information is available about her disappearance.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Palm Springs Police Department
Other information: NamUs
California Attorney General's Office
Find a Grave
Defrosting Cold Cases
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated April 20, 2013 distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.