Phyllis L. Powell missing 1/11/1963
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#1 Jan 15, 2009
46 years later, Buddy Powell still seeks answers about missing sister
By Calvin Bryant (Contact)| Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009
WOODLAND As long as the good Lord allows him to draw a breath, William Buddy Powell will not give-up.
Despite the passage of 46 years, Powell still clings to the hope of finding out what happened to his little sister. That sister, Phyllis L. Powell of Woodland, suddenly disappeared on Jan. 11, 1963.
Last month, while watching the TV news, Powell learned that the John Walsh family found out who abducted and killed their six-year-old son. Walsh is the host of the TV show America's Most Wanted. He became involved in anti-crime activism following the murder of his son, Adam, in 1981.
I was very happy for the Walsh family; despite still living with the pain of losing a child at such an early age, they found some relief in knowing who killed their little boy, Powell said.
As I began to tear-up (over the Walsh story), God spoke to me through John Walsh, Powell continued.His message was,William Buddy Powell, dont ever give up hope on finding out what happened to your little sister, Phyllis; my word will not return void.
Quoting Matthew 10:26, Powell pointed to Gods words Fear them not therefore; for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
God spoke those words and it shall come to past, Powell stressed.
For Powell and other members of his family, they still live through the agony and pain of Jan. 11, 1963 when the news was revealed that Phyllis was missing. She disappeared at around 12 noon that day while playing in an area of NC 35 and Ashe Street in Woodland. Despite a massive search, there were no clues discovered on the little girls whereabouts.
Some may say why dont you just forget it, Powell noted.I will say to them, she wasnt your baby, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, etc. I will never stop looking. I will wait on Gods promise.
Recently, there was a ray of hope for the Powell family. DNA tests performed on Powell and his brother, Joseph Powell, came on the heels of a cold case involving human bones found years ago in the northwestern part of Northampton County. However, those tests did not reveal a DNA match.
It got our hopes up, but when the DNA didnt match it put us right back at square one, Powell said.
Meanwhile, a Winston-Salem woman, Betty Brown, has shown much interest in the Powell case. As a member of a family with a missing relative of their own, Brown played a pivotal role in getting the DNA tests performed. She is also leading an effort to have a retired FBI sketch artist perform an age progressed drawing of Phyllis Powell.
Mrs. Brown has also contacted us about using some sort of advanced technology to perform another ground search of the area around where Phyllis went missing, Powell said.
In the meantime, Powell said his family was willing to forgive the person responsible for his sisters disappearance.
To whoever is responsible for taking my sister, I say to you that my family loves you and whats more important, God loves you too, Powell said.We only want the pain and the heartache to go away.
Powell closed by saying,To all who read this, put yourself in our shoes; wouldnt you want to know what happened to your child? We ask all to pray for our family and to please pray for whoever is responsible for taking Phyllis away from a family that truly loved her.
#2 Jan 15, 2009
If anyone wants to pass along any info that may help to find Phyllis Powell they can send a email to [email protected] .
#3 Nov 8, 2009
someone knows where this childs body is burried. Please if anyone knows anything call the police or email the email address above. Give us a place to search. That is all we need is a place to search.
#4 Dec 8, 2009
I remember growing up and hearing the old people around telling us not to go outside because there was a little girl who disappeared near where I lived. It seemed to me like the older people knew who did it and no one was talking because it wasn't "their business" as many older African Americans in our community still do when things happen and they dont want to tell on a neighbors family. I dont know facts, I wasnt even born when this happened but the old folk seemed pretty certain in what I use to over hear that it was someone that still lived in that neighborhood back in the early 70s and it wasnt an outsider. Now that person may be long gone by now, but see if any old people who still live in that neighborhood will talk now. I sympathize and wish I really knew who they were whispering about all those years ago.
#5 Mar 9, 2010
I think you are right. That it was someone from the local area. There have been rumored that it was two brothers that had a sister that lived on the same street where Phyllis went missing. Maybe you can ask around if you still have connections.
#6 Sep 25, 2010
apparently someone had a dream about her here is the link :
#7 Mar 17, 2011
I looked at that. To each their own. I do not think she left Woodland alive myself. I believe that someone knows where to find her remains and just refuses to come foward. People can call the police tipline for the county or the SBI tipline.One day I hope someone will come foward to tell the truth.
#8 May 15, 2011
Even though i was not born when this tradegy happened. But While growing up and spending time in Woodland North Carolina my uncle told me about my cousin who went missing. And i read the newpaper articles. Spending time right around the corner at my great great grandparents house i always thought about if my cousin was ever found or will i ever get to meet her
#9 Jul 13, 2011
Domonique is has never been found. I do not think she is far from when she was last seen. Do you know Buddy Powell? He is The one you need to speak to about Phyllis. He is a good man.
#10 Jan 13, 2013
Have anyone thought about digging up the the well that the family cover up after she went missing. I heard rumors that once Phyllis went missing the family covered the well up
#11 Oct 28, 2014
this is my family, I know them they are my cousins.
#12 Jul 24, 2015
Yes that's my family. My whole family is in woodland. They never found her
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