The following is a description of the oldest active California missing person case in the NamUs database.
Frances Blanche Hayes Groves moved to California in the company of her boyfriend, James Franklin Phye, better known as "Jim Phye."
The two worked as domestic help for a wealthy family there.
In 1955, Jim stated that he last saw his girlfriend after they went on a picnic.
Evidently, he was the last person to acknowledge talking with her.
Frances has not been seen since.
Sadly, the missing woman left behind six children from a previous marriage to a man named Alva Groves.
That marriage ended in 1950 in divorce--Mr. Groves had accidentally shot and killed their only son.
Authorities could never gather enough evidence to charge Jim Phye with Frances' disappearance, but she is presumed to have been the victim of a homicide.
Phye lived for some time in Nevada under an alias.
He took his own life in 1996.
Despite being unsolved for more than 55 years, investigators with the Palm Springs Police Department (CA) are still interested in new details pertaining to Frances' case.
Note: A relative of the missing woman included information on the site Find a Grave that was useful in writing this post.
Using the background information on Jim Phye provided by the relative, there are several unidentified skeletal remains of females that have been found in Clark County, Nevada--where Las Vegas is located.
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