Averie Grace Evans

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Above Images: Averie, circa 1990


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 DeSelle 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 apologized 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 recovered 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. Prosecutors agreed to the plea bargain because, without the child's body, they did not believe they could prove a case of premeditated murder. A photo of DeSelle is posted below this case summary. He is scheduled for early release in 2015, after having served just one-third of his sentence. He will be on parole for 26 years.

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

    Above: Phillip DeSelle


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Shreveport Times
    The Baton Rouge Advocate
    Facebook Page for Averie Evans
    KSLA 12


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 20, 2015; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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