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Averie, circa 1990; Phillip DeSelle, circa 1990; DeSelle, circa 2015

Missing Since 11/05/1990

Missing From Natchitoches, Louisiana

Classification Non-Family Abduction

Sex Female

Race White

Date of Birth Used 12/15/1978 (42)

Age 11 years old

Height and Weight 5'0, 101 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A black sweater, a blue denim vest and black jeans.

Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Some accounts spell Averie's name "Avery."

Details of Disappearance
Averie was selling candy door-to-door on November 5, 1990 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She had visited a friend and was on her way home at the time of her disappearance.

She was attempting to earn money for a school fundraiser at the time. She was last seen in the area of Fifth and Stephens Streets. She has never been heard from again. Her white, pink and purple Murray bicycle disappeared with her.

Phillip Louis DeSelle was one of Averie's neighbors in 1991 and had previously purchased candy from her. He was considered a suspect in her case from early on in the investigation, but the police did not have any evidence against him until January 1991, when DeSelle sent an anonymous letter to authorities confessing to strangling Averie.

The note said he disposed of her body in a trash bin and put her bicycle in Sibley Lake. In his letter, DeSelle apologized for his actions and described some of the clothing and jewelry Averie wore on the day of her disappearance.

DeSelle pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated kidnapping in connection with Averie's case, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Prosecutors agreed to the plea bargain because, without the child's body, they did not believe they could prove a case of premeditated murder.

Photos of DeSelle are posted with this case summary. He was released from prison in January 2015, but will remain on parole until 2040 and is registered as a sex offender.

Averie was a straight-A student at the time of her disappearance, and was noted as a talented violinist. has never been located, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.
Investigating Agency / Department

Natchitoches Police Department 318-352-8101

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