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Police Reopen 40-Year-Old Missing Person Case

TOLEDO -- Toledo Police say it could be the city's oldest "missing persons" case. A Toledo teenager vanished in 1965, and now almost 40 years later, her strange disappearance is getting re-newed interest from detectives. News 11 first told you about this case Sunday, and now we have new details.

Elizabeth Franks was 17 when she was reported missing and would be 57 now. Tammy Franks was only a year old when her mother disappeared. She says she grew up believing that Elizabeth abandoned the family in 1965 because that was the story her father told her.

But, Toledo detectives believe Elizabeth was murdered and they've re-opened the case. Police say Elizabeth has never contacted any relatives and has never used her Social Security number. Tammy Franks is hoping for answers four decades later. If, by some slim chance, her mother is alive, Tammy is hoping someone will recognize a sketch police have released showing what she could look like.

Or, if some one knows how her mom died, it would bring Tammy closure. "If they know that she's dead like if they saw her body or if they have serious reason to believe that they witnessed something that could have resulted in her death, than they would be important to me because it would mean that she didn't just abandon me," Franks said.

Elizabeth Franks was married to a 20-year-old man at the time of her disappearance in 1965. Several months ago, police re-interviewed him, and investigators consider him "a person of interest" in the case.

Count on News 11 to follow this story as it develops. If you think you have any information on the 1965 disappearance of Elizabeth Franks, call Crimestopper at 419-255-1111.

Posted 1:10pm, Monday, December 27, 2004 by AEB