In 2011, Phoenix Coldon’s truck was found abandoned in a crime-ridden neighborhood of East St. Louis, about a half an hour away from her home in Spanish Lake, Missouri. While described by her family as deeply religious, Phoenix attended church, excelled at multiple musical instruments (piano, guitar, violin), and was a junior fencing champion.
But Phoenix, who was 23-years-old when she disappeared, had been keeping some major secrets from her loved ones.
In the two-night special "The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon," airing on Oxygen Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 7/6c, journalist Shawndrea Thomas and retired St. Louis Deputy Chief of Police Joe Delia were shown a bag containing items that had been left in Phoenix’s abandoned truck.
Among them: A bill for a cell phone that was different from the one Phoenix’s parents had given her as part of their family plan.
“So this is another phone that she had?” Delia asked Phoenix’s mother, Goldia Coldon.
“Evidently,” Goldia responded.
Delia and Thomas then talk to Phoenix's best friend, Akira Hogan, who revealed that Phoenix had two boyfriends at one point in time leading up to her disappearance. While Delia and Thomas had already learned that Phoenix was secretly living with a guy named Mike B. during college, Hogan mentioned an additional “Mike.”
"There was another Mike. He was a guy at the school," Hogan revealed on the show. "He worked at the phone store, so he used to give her like discounts and stuff."
According to Hogan, Phoenix used the burner phone so that she could see Mike without getting caught by Mike B. or her parents.
“One phone for him, one phone for regular people,” said Hogan.
Thomas and Delia reached out to the Mike who worked at the cell phone store, but he was unwilling to talk. He directed them to speak to his lawyer.
[Photo provided by Goldia Coldon]
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