Name: Franklin Wayne Harrod, Jr.
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 28, 1997
Location Last Seen: Rose Hill, Butler County, Kansas
Date of Birth: March 31, 1973
Age: 24 years old
Weight: 230-250 lbs.
Hair Color: Black, usually pulled back into a pony tail.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scar on right hand and right leg. Pierced left ear. Commonly wore a goatee.
Dentals: Not Available
Clothing: White t-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.
Jewelry: Gold plain wedding band.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Franklin Wayne Harrod, Jr., known as Punkie, disappeared from his rural Butler County home July 29, 1997. No vehicles were missing from the property. Through the investigation into his disappearance, it was determined that he was murdered.
Harrod is believed to have been shot and buried along the Walnut River. Investigators searched for months near the Walnut River looking for a body, but they never found a trace of Harrod.
Franklin's wife, Kelly Harrod Bishop, was sentenced to more than 30 months in jail on a charge of solicitation to commit attempted first-degree murder in the case. Jerry Trussell was also convicted of counts of aiding and abetting as well as conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. His wife, Tamara was charged after admitting her role in the murder. Testimony at the trial proved the Trussells and Kelly Harrod planned to kill Punkie together.
Agency Name: Butler County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Robert Albert
Agency Phone Number: (316) 322-4257
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 97-04577
NCIC Case Number: M045618942
NamUs Case Number: 7302
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Added: 8/24/10; Last Updated: 8/7/16
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.