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Missing Woman: Tabitha Lynn Franklin - AL - 08/13/2009

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Local woman missing for nearly a month

By Patrick McCreless

The Cullman Times

Cullman County Sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help to locate a local woman who disappeared nearly a month ago.

Tabitha Lynn Franklin, 27, of Bremen and mother of three children, was last seen on Aug. 13 in the West Point area. She has blond hair, is 4 feet, 2 inches tall and about 140 pounds.

"She's never been gone for more than three days without calling me or her kids," said Bobby White, Franklin's brother. "She's been gone almost 30 days now. She's never been out of contact this long, ever."

Lt. Scott Clay of the Cullman County Sheriff's Office said Franklin was supposedly traveling to Hueytown in Jefferson County on the day she disappeared.

"She was supposed to be meeting some family," Clay said.

White said he and other family members have hung posters with Franklin's picture all around Cullman as well as Hueytown and Birmingham.

"She's just a fun, outgoing, funny person," White said. "She's never been gone like this."

The sheriff's office currently does not consider Franklin's case to be a criminal matter.

"We don't suspect any foul play at this time," Clay said. "Maybe she's at someone's house. We're hoping someone will see this and call us."

Anyone with information regarding Tabitha Franklin's whereabouts are encouraged to call the Cullman County Sheriff's Office at 256-734-0342.

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Missing Cullman County Woman

Reported by: Kimberly Rankin

Last Update: 9/13 8:57 pm  

28 year old Tabitha Lynn Franklin, better known as Tabby, has been missing for 33 days. Her family is extremely worried that something bad has happened to her.

"Going nuts right now trying to find her get some peace out of the subject see what's going on. They are trying to say it aint no foul play involved, but after this long amount of time there has to be something going on," says Bobby White, Tabitha's brother.

"We would like for her to come home safe. I know she has never been gone this long with out contacting somebody," adds Donnie White, Tabitha's Father.

The Cullman County Sheriff's office has said they don't think foul play was involved, but the family thinks otherwise.

"She had an ex-boyfriend who there was a report of abuse and it was filed and later charges were dropped with threats to the family," says Stacey White, Tabitha's sister-in-law.

Tabitha's birthday is Tuesday, September 15th, so family members have stepped up their efforts to bring her home safely by searching the last place she was seen, and wooded areas she liked to go to in Ensley and Hueytown.

"I would like for anybody with information to come forward to help us out to find her and bring her home to her babies," says Stacey White.

Tabitha has 3 children, she is 5' 6", 140 pounds and has 4 tattoos.

If you have any information you are urged to call the Cullman County Sheriff's office at (256)-734-0342.

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Alert Information

Category: Endangered

Status: Active

Case Number: 090800281

Date Issued: 09/17/2009

Comments: Tabitha Franklin was last seen on August 13, 2009 in Cullman, Alabama. She may have traveled to the Hueytown, Alabama area. If anyone has seen her please contact your local law enforcement or the Cullman County Sheriff's Office at 256-734-0342. Note: A $5,000 reward has been offered by Gov. Bob Riley's Office for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance of Ms. Franklin.

Contact Information

Contact: Inv. Randy Frost

Phone: (256) 734-0342

Alternate Contact:

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Person Information

Status: Missing

Name: Franklin , Tabitha Leann

Gender: Female

Race: White

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Brown

Height: 5'2

Weight: 140  lbs.

Current Age: 29 Year(s)

Age Last Seen:

Location Last Seen: Cullman, Alabama

NCIC Number: M448329067

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Name:  Tabitha Franklin

Alias:  Tabby

Date of Birth:  09/15/1980

Date Missing:  08/13/2009

Age at time of disappearance: 28

City Missing From: Cullman

State Missing From: AL

Gender:  Female

Race:  White

Height: 5 ft 6 in

Weight: 140 lbs

Hair Color: Blond

Eye Color:  Blue

Complexion: Fair

Identifying Characteristics: Tabitha has 4 tattoos: An angel on her right arm, a scroll on left upper arm, a butterfly in between her shoulders on her back, and a rose on her ankle. She has 2 scars: a c -section scar, and a small scar on her nose.

Clothing: She was last seen wearing a black dress.

Jewelry: She usually wears dangling style earrings and often wears necklaces.

Circumstances of Disappearance: She was last seen at a friend's home in West Point , AL. She was then picked up by an adult male acquaintance and driven to Hueytown. The adult male stated that he dropped her off went to do errands and when he returned to pick her up, she was gone.

Medical Conditions: None known

Investigative Agency: Cullman County Sheriff's Department

Agency Phone:  (256) 734-0342

Investigative Case #:  09010083

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Project Jason announces the featured missing persons in the January 2010 issue of the CDLJobs.com Online Magazine, which can be viewed at http://www.cdljobs.com/cdljobsonlinemagazine/JAN10.htm  This month's ad is on page 5. The site receives thousands of visitors per day.

Each month, CDLJobs.com publishes a full color ad in their popular online magazine which will feature 5-6 of Project Jason's missing person cases from across the country. The ad has clickable links which take the reader to additional information about the missing person, and a link to their printable poster.  Readers are encouraged to sign up for the AAN program and help with poster distribution. "You can be a Hero" is the theme of the joint venture.

Awareness Angels Network (AAN). AAN, begun by Project Jason in 2008, provides a way for the public to assist the families of missing persons. Missing persons posters designed specifically for the AAN program are disseminated via email to those enrolled in the program. Participants can then upload the posters to websites, print and place the posters in public areas, and forward them to their contacts. The program helps spread the word and increase the chances of finding the person.

In the January 2010 issue, the following missing persons were featured:

Ray Acklin, missing from East Chicago, IN since 4/25/2008

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Justin Burkhart, missing from Bend, OR since 8/1/2009

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Cerilla Doyle, missing from Bentonville, AR since 10/27/2008

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Tabitha Franklin, missing from Cullman, AL since 8/13/2009

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Lisa Hatchell, missing from Philadephia, PA since 7/19/2003

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Wallace Richards, missing from San Francisco, CA since 11/10/2005

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You can read more about this program at http://projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=6319.0

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http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x681831464/Children-family-still-wait-for-news-on-missing-woman

January 31, 2010

Children, family still wait for news on missing woman

By Trent Moore

CULLMAN — With his mother missing for more than five months, Gavin Franklin recently wrote a letter to his mom — even though she may never get to read it.

“I love you, momma,†the seven-year-old scrawled on a sheet of loose leaf paper, written in pencil with occasional misspellings. “We have bin praying for you. We love you and don’t for get us.â€

Gavin’s mother — Tabitha Franklin, 29, of Cullman — has been missing since Aug. 8, 2009. She has blond hair, is 4 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Reports indicate Tabitha was traveling to Hueytown at the time of her disappearance to meet with family, though she never arrived.

Local and state authorities still have no leads on her whereabouts, though her disappearance is not currently considered a criminal matter.

“We have no further leads than we had before,†said Lt. Scott Clay with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. “But, we’re still working on everything that comes in and following up.â€

Gavin, along with his older brother Dawson, 11, and sister Hannah, 9, have spent the last five months waiting.

Tabitha’s sister-in-law, Mary Collier, has kept Gavin and Dawson since the disappearance, while Hannah stays with another family member in Hanceville.

Be it a phone call, birthday card, or letter, the children just want to know why their mom hasn’t come home.

“I try to talk to you on Myspace,†Dawson wrote in his own letter to his mother. “It says you’ve not been on there for a while ... I can’t wait to see you.â€

In late 2009, with Christmas fast approaching, Hannah penned a note of her own, in bright pink ink on a frayed sheet of stationery.

“You always never missed a Christmas,†Hannah wrote. “Never never never ever missed a Christmas.â€

Collier said Tabitha loved spending the holidays with her children, though this past December came and went with no contact.

“It used to be one of her favorite times of the year,†she said.

As the months continue to pile up, Collier said she just wants the suspense to come to an end.

“We don’t know if she is alive or dead,†she said. “We just wish we could get some closure.â€

Some family members have decided to take a more active role in the search for Tabitha, and are requesting donations to hire a private detective.

“The family isn’t really able to pay for additional efforts like this,†Stacy White, Tabitha’s other sister-in-law, said. “We’re just trying to do something. It’s been really hard.â€

Donation sites have been established at the Shell gas station and S&S Grocery in Dodge City, with other locations still possible.

In the meantime, all anyone can do is wait.

Anyone with information regarding Tabitha Franklin’s whereabouts are encouraged to call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 256-734-0342.

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One year later, family still searching for missing Cullman woman

Published: Monday, August 16, 2010, 7:29 AM     Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010, 7:48 AM

Victoria Cumbow, The Huntsville Times Victoria Cumbow, The Huntsville Times

CULLMAN - On Aug. 13 a year ago, 28-year-old Tabitha Franklin was out drinking with friends, then called for a ride from her ex-boyfriend. Her family hasn't heard from or seen her since that day.

Stacey White, Franklin's sister-in-law, believes the ex-boyfriend is to blame, but Cullman police haven't charged anyone in the case, nor have they found Franklin's body.

"We keep trying to put her name out there as much as we can," White said. "It's imperative how important every missing persons case is, no matter who."

White said that police recently found evidence leading them to conduct several dive searches in Smith Lake. While Franklin's body hasn't been found, White said more searches are scheduled.

White said she believes her sister-in-law is dead and her body is in the lake, but until she's found, it's hard.

"We wanted to believe she was alive, or she was hurt somewhere or couldn't get to a phone," White said. "We wanted to believe something like that had happened, but our hearts would always tell us different."

On Friday night, Franklin's family held a vigil at Ryan Creek Marina.

"It was something the family really needed," White said.

Franklin's disappearance leaves behind three children, now 8, 10 and 12 years old.

"These children are going through so much," White said. "No matter what their mother's choices are, they don't deserve this.

"We've been stuck in limbo for a year now, not knowing whether to grieve or have hope," White said. "It's hard to grieve when you don't have a body to grieve over, but it's hard to not grieve."

Anyone with information on Franklin's disappearance can call Cullman police at 256-734-1434.

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Divers find new evidence in Cullman County missing woman case

Divers find new evidence in Cullman County missing woman case

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Posted: Sep 04, 2011 11:35 PM EDT Updated: Sep 04, 2011 11:35 PM EDT

By Sarah Snyder

There's new evidence in the disappearance of a woman from Cullman County. 28 year old Tabitha Franklin has been missing for two years. Now, some new discoveries, could lead to answers on what happened.

Tabitha Franklin went missing in 2009 after her boyfriend gave her a ride one night. Tabitha's family says they never stopped searching for her - in fact, it's their efforts this weekend, that's uncovering new evidence in her disappearance.

Read more: http://www.abc3340.com/story/15394785/divers-find-new-evidence-in-cullman-county-missing-woman-case

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Missing persons to be recognized Saturday

Staff Reports The Cullman Times

October 22, 2011

CULLMAN — Family and friends of Tabitha Franklin will be hosting an event in conjunction with the Cue Center for Missing Persons "On The Road To Remember National Tour 2011″on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at Smith Lake Park.

Tabitha Franklin, 29, of Cullman — has been missing since Aug. 8, 2009. She has blond hair, is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Reports indicate Tabitha was traveling to Hueytown at the time of her disappearance to meet with family, though she never arrived.

According to the CUE website, the annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across the nation.

Read more: http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x250781717/Missing-persons-to-be-recognized-Saturday

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Missing Mom March

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) - It's been three years almost to the day since Tabitha Franklin was last seen.  This weekend those who knew her best took the streets around where she was last seen to remember her.

Sister in law Stacey White says the hope is to jog someone's memory of what they may or may not have seen on or around August 8, 2009.

Franklin's three children led the march.  12 year old Hannah calls the last three years sad and depressing.  But she says she's glad to see everyone out here because they're hear to remember her mother.

There has been some good news on the investigation in recent days.  White says she recently talked to the Cullman County Sheriff's Office investigator handling the case.  And was told there is some new information coming soon that could help them find their missing loved one.

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Sheriff's office excavating for evidence in 2009 Tabitha Franklin missing woman case

By Trent Moore

The Cullman Times

March 7, 2014

 

CULLMAN — The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently excavating at a Cullman County home in search of evidence related to the 2009 disappearance of 29-year-old Tabitha Franklin of Cullman.

 

Franklin, 29, of Cullman has been missing since Aug. 8, 2009. At the time of her disappearance she had blond hair, was 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds. Initial reports indicate Franklin was traveling to Hueytown at the time of her disappearance to meet with family, though she never arrived.

 

Investigators are excavating the front porch of a home on County road 1136 in search of new evidence, which stemmed from a recent break in the case. No charges have been filed against anyone at this time.

 

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the case for six years, and Sheriff Mike Rainey said some new evidence has hopefully brought investigators one step closer to determining what happened to the young mother of three.

 

“The Cullman County Sheriff's Office has followed numerous leads and questioned many people in Cullman and surrounding counties in our efforts to resolve this case,” he said. “This particular lead is part of a three-month-long investigation. Investigators received new information which led to enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for this location. Investigators are in the process of excavating the front porch of this location looking for any evidence connected to the disappearance of Tabitha Franklin. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get some answers.”

 

Franklin’s family has worked tirelessly to keep the case alive and raise awareness about missing persons cases ever since the disappearance.

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Tabitha is still missing. New leads are needed, 6 years with no answers is too long.

 

Cullman County Sheriff's Department
Agency Phone:  (256) 734-0342
Investigative Case #:  09010083

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Tabitha Franklin case leads local investigators to Illinois

  • Investigators with the Cullman County Sheriff's Office were in Illinois last week questioning several people of interest in the case of Tabitha Franklin, who has been missing since 2009.

    Franklin, 28, was last seen on Aug. 13, 2009, at a residence in West Point.

    "We were following up on some information in regards to a person of interest in the case," said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. "This person was questioned in 2009 and fled the area after questioning. We questioned multiple individuals while we were in Illinois. Even though this case started in 2009, it's still a priority. With it being an ongoing investigation we can't release details on the information at this time."

    WREX in Rockford, Illinois, reported the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has been working with Cullman County investigators in the case.

    Numerous searches have been conducted over the past seven years, but Franklin has never been found. Family and friends of Franklin held a candlelight vigil in August and asked for anyone with information to contact authorities.

    Gentry said new information into the investigation of Franklin’s disappearance led local investigators to reach out to Winnebago County for assistance.

    Anyone with information about Tabitha Franklin's disappearance is asked to contact the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department, 256-734-0342. In Rockford, the sheriff's number is 815-319-6400.

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