Phillip Alfred Montoya

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Above: Phillip, circa 1974

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 29, 1974 from Fremont, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 10, 1959
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt, a green tanker jacket, blue corduroy pants, a maroon baseball cap and a silver heart ring.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Phillip was last seen after school in Fremont, California on March 29, 1974. He lived with his mother and stepfather in the 40600 block of Valero Drive. On the day of his disappearance, he borrowed two dollars from a friend at Mission San Jose High School so he could ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train to the end of the line. The nearest BART station was over four miles from the high school, but Phillip didn't take his ten-speed bicycle; he left it chained to a pole at the school. He has never been heard from again.

    Phillip told two classmates that he planned to run away, but he does not fit the profile of a typical runaway teen. He wasn't having any major problems in his life that would have lead him to leave home and never contact his loved ones again. He didn't take any clothes, and the only money he had was the borrowed two dollars. Some friends of Phillip's older brother reported seeing him in the Warm Springs, California area a few months after his disappearance. They didn't realize he was a missing person at the time and didn't report the sighting until they saw his picture published in the newspapers.

    Phillip's father was stationed on a military base in Germany when his son disappeared. Phillip and his brother were scheduled to visit him in June 1974. Authorities stated they had no evidence of foul play in his disappearance, but it remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fremont Police Department
    510-790-6722

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Doe Network
    Unsolved in the News
    The Daily Review

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 11, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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