Averie Grace Evans

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Above: Averie, circa 1990

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 5, 1990 from Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 15, 1978
  • Age: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 101 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Some accounts spell Averie's name "Avery."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black sweater, a blue denim vest and black jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Averie was last seen selling candy door-to-door on November 5, 1990 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was attempting to earn money for a school fundraiser at the time. She has never been heard from again.

    Phillip DeSelle was one of Averie's neighbors in 1991 and had previously purchased candy from her. He was considered a suspect in her case from early on in the investigation, but the police did not have any evidence against him until January 1991, when DeSeelle sent an anonymous letter to authorities confessing to strangling Averie. The note said he disposed of her body in a trash bin and put her bicycle in Sibley Lake. In his letter, DeSelle apologised for his actions and described some of the clothing and jewelry Averie wore on the day of her disappearance. After it was discovered that he was the letter's author, DeSelle attempted to commit suicide by slashing his wrists, but survived. He was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. Averie's bicycle was located where he said it would be, but her remains were not located in spite of an extensive search of the local landfill.

    DeSelle pleaded guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping in connection with Averie's case, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He became eligible for parole in 2007, but remains incarcerated. Prosecutors agreed to the plea bargain because, without the child's body, they did not believe they could prove a case of premeditated murder.

    Averie has never been located, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Natchitoches Police Department
    318-352-8101

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Shreveport Times
    The Baton Rouge Advocate

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 21, 2006; middle name added, details of disappearance updated.

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