Deanna Michelle Merryfield
13 year old 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 Deanna 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 was never 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.