Image 4: Age-progressed to 57 years
Name: Elizabeth Lea Franks
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: April 14, 1965
Location Last Seen: Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
Date of Birth: August 10, 1947
Age: 17 years old
Weight: 95 lbs.
Hair Color: Red/Auburn
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Small mole on the back of her left thigh. Chicken pox scar on the bridge of nose.
Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Elizabeth Lea Franks, also known as Beth Wilson or Bethie, was last seen in Toledo, Ohio before Easter in April 1965.
Her maiden name is McCarthy but she used the last name of Wilson in high school. She left behind a 1-year-old daughter.
Elizabeth has never contacted any relatives and has never used her Social Security number. She was married to a 20-year-old man at the time, having gotten married about a year prior after becoming pregnant.
The husband admits to getting into a fight with Beth just before she disappeared, but said he didn't hurt her. He said they argued after he caught her with another man and that she left him.
Beth's 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 were 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.
Beth's mother made a police report on her daughter's disappearance and she and her sister canvassed Toledo looking for her. She hired a private detective to try and find her daughter.
Foul play is possible. The original police report has been lost over the years.
Agency Name: Lucas County Prosecutor's Office
Agency Contact Person: Investigator Tom Ross
Agency Phone Number: 419-213-4700
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 07952403
Agency Name: Toledo Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Det. Vicki Stevens or Det. Sgt. Tim Noble
Agency Phone Number: 419-245-3142
Agency E-Mail: mailto:Toledo.Police(at)ci.toledo.oh.us
Agency Case Number: Unknown
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 14033
NCMEC Case Number: 1201433
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Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 7/24/16
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.