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Eric Franks: Missing from Michigan-Car FOUND

Stock photo of 2001 Chevy Malibu

UPDATE 9/11/20- ABC12 News confirmed Eric Franks car was found in a garage in a west side neighborhood of a man named Gerald Rutledge. The woman Eric had a child with, Kendra Firmingham was a caretaker for Rutledge.

A man who recently bought the car, said the car was part of an estate sale in Saginaw, which would have been Rutledge’s estate sales. A new title was printed for the car on Aug. 21.

Eric’s mom, Jo Ann Franks,  got a tip from a person in California that Eric’s car got an oil change in Clare on Aug. 31. The tipster watched a YouTube video of Eric’s case. She ran a Carfax report on his car and found out about the oil change and who had the car.  Frank’s brother in law called the man who confirmed he still had the car.    You can read more here

Original story: Eric Franks, 40, went missing from Buena Vista Township, Michigan in March, 2011.

Authorities know that Eric went to Saginaw and met with his girlfriend and mother of his child and stayed there for about 5 months in 2010 at the Miller Motel in Bridgeport.

His girlfriend said she last saw Eric on March 21, 2011 when they parted ways from the motel on Dixie Highway.

Kendra Firmingham died in Florida in 2016. She had a child with Franks. Firmingham’s husband, who has been questioned in Florida, has given investigators names of two men who knew Firmingham.

He was last seen driving a tan 4-door 2001 Chevy Malibu with License Plates EMH-4901.

A body was found in September 2019, that authorities believed might have been Franks, but so far no word back on that any identification has been made.

If you have any information, please call the Buena Vista Police at 989-233-2363.

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