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Phoenix Coldon

Is this young woman a victim of human trafficking?

  • Last updated: May 4, 2022
  • Spanish Lake, MO
  • December 18, 2011


A mysterious disappearance leaves many with questions.  Was Phoenix Coldon a victim of human trafficking or did she go missing voluntarily? 

Phoenix Lucille Coldon began her life in California as Phoenix Reeves on May 23, 1988.  Her family had lived for a time in California but then moved to St. Louis, MO area for her father’s, Lawrence Colden, job.  She excelled at fencing and played a variety of musical instruments, including the piano, violin, and guitar.  Family and friends describe her as polite, friendly, intelligent, and someone who was well-liked by everyone.     Phoenix lived a sheltered life.  Beginning in sixth grade, Goldia homeschooled Phoenix.  She also grew up in a deeply religious family.  As she began adulthood, however, Phoenix was craving to spread her wings.  Phoenix tried to keep as much of her new life hidden from her parents though as she knew they wouldn’t approve.  At the time of her disappearance, she was a junior at the University of Missouri but wasn’t enrolled in any fall classes.  This revelation was only one that her parents learned about after her disappearance.   While Coldon was living at home when she disappeared, she had moved out several years prior when she turned 18, telling her parents that she was going to live with a friend. It was later revealed that during this time, Coldon was actually living in the apartment with a secret boyfriend.     The months leading up to Phoenix’s disappearance seem to indicate a young woman deeply dissatisfied with her life.  Approximately one month before she disappeared, she made a selfie video in which she claims she wants to start over and prays a version of the Serenity Prayer.  She can also be heard saying:    “I just want to be happy, man. I can’t remember a time when I was happy. Genuinely happy. … I feel so stupid because I let myself go a little bit. I probably would have been in a better situation if I would have stuck with how it used to be … .”   Phoenix also began to experiment with drugs, and listen to rap music, both of which friends and family describe as out of character for her.   The investigation also revealed the existence of a second cell phone, separate from the one her parents provided her, that she paid for herself.  She used it to communicate with a man different from her secret boyfriend that she was living with.  This man was known to be violent and had a restraining order against him.   Friends also report that Phoenix had been fighting with her parents more than usual and that she seemed irritable, down, and paranoid in the days and weeks before her disappearance.     December 18, 2011, seemingly started out as a typical day for Phoenix.  She and her mother went to church together, though there may have been some tension between the two.  Goldia, her mother, stated that Phoenix sat two rows behind her at church.  When her mother went to join other congregates after church for refreshments, Phoenix chose to sit in the car and told her mother not to be too long.     After church, the pair hit up a grocery store and then proceeded home. Phoenix changed into her sweatpants and hoodie and headed outside to shoot hoops  She then sat in her 1988 black Chevrolet Blazer to make phone calls.  Though odd, her parents explained that it was not abnormal for Phoenix to do that when she wanted some privacy.  At approximately 2:20 pm, her father claims he saw her drive away.  A few hours later, Phoenix’s car was found abandoned with a door open thirty minutes away from her house. Phoenix’s car was left in the middle of a traffic lane with the motor still running, and she left important personal items inside, including her glasses, purse, and a pair of shoes.  Initially, her family thought she may have gone to the store, but when she didn’t return home they reported her missing the next morning.  Her parents were not notified of the abandoned car and notified the police later that night when Coldon never returned.

Where the case stands today. Phoenix’s case remains unsolved.  All activity on her bank accounts, cell phone, and social media accounts ceased.   DNA evidence gathered from her SUV indicates that there were no other individuals in the vehicle other than Phoenix and her parents.  In the years since Coldon's disappearance, numerous alleged sightings have been reported. One of Coldon's friends claimed she saw Phoenix on a flight leaving Las Vegas, but the alleged Coldon didn't seem to recognize her, and authorities failed to locate the woman after the plane landed. In a separate incident, the Coldons even received a phone call from someone claiming to be their daughter.  Unfortunately, reported sightings are common in missing person cases, and thus far no sightings of Coldon have been confirmed. 

Theories abound about what happened to Phoenix.  One of the more prevalent ones is that Phoenix was abducted by sex traffickers.  St. Louis is a top 20 hub for traffickers. Others suggest that Phoenix might have met with foul play or that she left her life on her and started over someplace else.  ​​If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Phoenix Coldon please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at (314) 615-5317.


  1. Date Missing:December 18, 2011
  2. Birthday:May 23, 1988
  3. Current Age:34
  4. Age at Incident:23
  5. NAMUS Number:MP13543
  6. Race:African-American / Black
  7. Gender:Female
  8. Height:5'3" - 5'6"
  9. Weight:125 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Black

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The car was first reported as idling with the driver's side door open, but was later documented as not running.

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