Above: Phillip circa, 1974
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: March 29, 1974
Missing From: Fremont, Alameda County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 10, 1959
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5’4″ and 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green tanker jacket, a white shirt, blue corduroy pants, Phillip was last known to be wearing a maroon colored baseball hat/cap and a silver heart ring
Details of Disappearance
Phillip was last seen in Fremont, California on March 29th 1974. He was last seen after school that day. His parents reported him as missing when he failed to return home. He has never been seen or heard from since.
Montoya previously told two classmates that he planned to runaway from home that day. He did borrow $2 from a friend at school that day so that he could ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit aka the BART. He wanted to ride it to the end of the line. The nearest BART to him was 4 miles away from the school bit Phillip did not take his ten speed bicycle. The bike was later found chained to a pole at the school.
Investigators have noted that Phillip didn’t fit the profile of a normal runaway teenager. He didn’t have any major problems at the time of his disappearance that would have caused him to leave on his own. He hasn’t contacted his loved ones since he went missing and he had no extra clothing or money on him when he disappeared.
There were possible sightings of Phillip that took place in the months after he vanished. Some friends of Phillip’s older brother stated that they had seen Phillip in the Warm Springs area of California. They reported his sighting when they saw his picture in the newspapers.
At the time of his disappearance, Phillip lived with his mother and stepfather in the 40600 block of Valero Drive and was supposed to visit his father with his brother in June of 1974. His father was stationed in Germany at the time he went missing.
Phillips disappearance remains unsolved and there’s no evidence that indicates he met with foul play.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fremont Police Department 510-790-6722
California Department of Justice