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Case File 1531DFOH

Right: Franks, progressed to age 57

Elizabeth Franks
Missing since April 1965 from Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Red hair; blue eyes.
  • AKA: Beth or Bethie, Maiden name McCarthy

Circumstances of Disappearance
Franks was last seen in Toledo, Ohio before Easter in April 1965.

Elizabeth Franks was 17 when she was reported missing. Her daughter was a year old when her mother disappeared.
Elizabeth has never contacted any relatives and has never used her Social Security number.
Franks was married to a 20-year-old man at the time of her disappearance. She got married about a year prior to her disappearance, after she became pregnant.
The husband admits to getting into a fight with Beth Franks just before she disappeared, but said he didn't hurt her. He said he and his wife argued after he caught her with another man, and that she left him.
Franks' mother spent years looking for her daughter, whom she last saw before Easter in April, 1965, when Beth stopped by her home. A few days later, she went to Beth's residence at 1512 Western Avenue. The landlady let her in when no one answered the door.
When she entered, the apartment was trashed. Drapes were half-torn and clothes, strewn around. The landlady told her she heard a lot of commotion the night before. The baby's bed was empty and there was no bedding.
The mother made a police report on her daughter's disappearance and she and her sister canvassed Toledo looking for the teen. She hired a private detective to try and find her daughter. Franks has never been located. Foul play is possible.
The original police report has been lost over the years.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Toledo Police Department
Detective Vicki Stevens
Or Detective Sgt. Tim Noble

Source Information:
Toledo Blade
WTOL News 11

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