Deanna Michelle Merryfield

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Deanna, circa 1990;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 33 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 22, 1990 from Killeen, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 2, 1977
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Deanna fractured her lower left arm two or three years before her disappearance. She has a scar on her upper lip. Deanna smoked cigarettes in 1990. She may have gotten multiple tattoos after her disappearance, including her last name "Merryfield" with an unknown date on her neck, a yellow rose and the words "Texas Born" on her back, and a cross with lines on her ankle.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Deanna's family was having problems in 1990 and she was staying with her grandmother on Alamo Avenue in Killeen, Texas that summer. She had completed seventh grade at Manor Middle School and was due to enter eighth grade at Fairway School in the fall. She and her grandmother stayed up late watching movies on the evening of July 21. After her grandmother went to bed, Deanna sneaked out of the house and went to visit her fraternal twin sister, Rebecca, who lived with an uncle two and a half miles away at the Oak Springs Trailer Park in the 500 block of Dimple Street.

    Rebecca, says Merryfield arrived at the trailer park at 3:30 a.m., riding in a brown or bronze four-door vehicle driven by two Caucasian or Hispanic men. Deanna knocked on the trailer window to wake up Rebecca and the two girls talked for awhile. Deanna left with the men in their vehicle after the girls' conversation woke up their uncle. She has never been seen again.

    In 1992, Rebecca got a collect phone call from someone who identified herself as "Deanna." She accepted the call, but by the time they connected, the caller had hung up. The call was traced to Horse Cave, Kentucky, but the caller has never been identified. Rebecca later discovered that the police in Hurst, Texas ran Deanna's name and date of birth through their computer at a traffic stop in 1995. Between 2000 and 2002, a relative from out of state said Deanna had visited and said she wanted to stay hidden. The relative stated Deanna had gotten several tattoos. This story has never been verified.

    Many agencies classify Deanna as a runaway. She took no belongings with her when she vanished. Her mother has since died, but her sister is searching for her. Rebecca describes her as a "free spirit" and a streetwise, rebellious teen. The girls' mother was an alcoholic and Deanna was reportedly sexually abused. She and her sister grew up in the homes of various relatives. She enjoyed music by Def Leppard, White Snake and Ozzy Osbourne in 1990. Rebecca hopes Deanna is still alive and ran away to a better life. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Killeen Police Department
    254-501-8891

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Porchlight International for the Missing and Unidentified
    MySpace Page for Deanna Merryfield
    WebSleuths
    Killeen Police Department
    The Criminal Report Daily
    The Killeen Daily Herald

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 16, 2010; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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