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    NY - Erica Franolich, 26, Middleburgh, 13 Oct 1986

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1739DFNY

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1739dfny.html

    Erica Jayne Franolich
    Missing since October 13, 1986 from Middleburgh, New York
    Classification: Endangered Missing



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    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: August 12, 1960
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 26 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 100 lbs.
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    •Marks, Scars: Mole on left knee
    •Clothing: Baggy shirt, blue denim overalls.
    •Dentals: Buck teeth
    •AKA: Erica Poprafsky



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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Erica was last seen at approximately 21:00 in the vicinity of Main Street and Rail Road Avenue in Middleburgh, NY.



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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    New York State Police
    518-630-1700
    or
    New York State Police
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    Email

    Agency Case Number:
    GDBG02821

    NCIC Number:
    M-852561684
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Nations Missing Children Organization
    New York State Police

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ich_erica.html

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/643/0/
    NamUs Profile:
    Dental: Available and entered
    DNA: NA
    Fingerprints: NA

    http://rotterdamny.info/m-1209817090/
    Copy and pasted article that can't be located in archives at this time. Dated 2008, the link back to original article broken.

    http://www.timesjournalonline.com/details.asp?id=14551
    Archived article dated 2008. Gives some additional info for Erica. Erica was married and the Mother of two young sons (one of which passed away in 2006).

    Erica has been missing almost 24 years. Come home soon.
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    Blurbs from archived articles on Erica Franolich.....

    Author: JUSTIN MASON

    Gazette Reporter
    Date: September 5, 2010
    Publication: Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY)
    Edition:Schenectady/Albany; Final
    Column:CAPITAL REGION
    Length: 1740 Words
    Page: A1
    Erica Jayne Franolich's relationship with her husband was on the rocks when she traveled to Schenectady County during the summer of 1986. They had had a rough-and-tumble relationship prior to that, involving drugs and constant traveling with a cable installation company.

    Tensions came to a head when Richard Franolich left his wife with her family in Michigan and stole away with their infant son to the Duanesburg area. She followed him in the hopes of retrieving the boy.
    The...

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    Mystery from 1986: What happened to Erica Franolich?
    Author: JUSTIN MASON

    Gazette Reporter
    Date: May 3, 2008
    Publication: Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY)
    Edition:Schenectady/Albany; Final
    Column:PRINCETOWN
    Length: 261 Words
    Page: B2
    Erica Jayne Franolich wore a baggy shirt and blue denim overalls when she vanished from the quiet streets of Middleburgh.

    It was just before Halloween in 1986, when the troubled 26-year-old mother from Michigan was last seen in Schoharie County. She was last known to be living with her husband, Richard Franolich, after moving to the area during the summer.
    Now State Police investigators are looking for new leads in Franolich's disappearance. Authorities are unsure of what happened...

    Snip from JMason's article preview:

    "Down in the Middleburgh area...she called her brother in michigan...that she was in fear of her life...she was supposed to recontact him the next day to get out of there but she never did."

    http://dc433.4shared.com/doc/s5rirVGK/preview.html
    Last edited by capoly; 02-09-2014 at 04:45 AM. Reason: add link

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    A UID of interest... MI MI - Detroit, WhtFem UP8272, 16-25, Had Recently Given Birth, Feb'87 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    Edited to add: Have sent an email to Justin Mason the reporter at The Daily Gazette who wrote the articles on Erica Franolich asking him to take a look at this UID. Is hard to shake the death of this UID in Feb 1987....and the words he wrote in his preview re Erica's family got frantic in Feb 1987 so initiated a missing persons report. Premonition of loved ones? Hardly scientific...but hardly ignore-able. (posted to UID thread also)
    Last edited by KateB; 04-05-2015 at 10:12 PM. Reason: repair url tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capoly View Post
    A UID of interest... MI MI - Detroit, WhtFem UP8272, 16-25, Had Recently Given Birth, Feb'87 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    Edited to add: Have sent an email to Justin Mason the reporter at The Daily Gazette who wrote the articles on Erica Franolich asking him to take a look at this UID. Is hard to shake the death of this UID in Feb 1987....and the words he wrote in his preview re Erica's family got frantic in Feb 1987 so initiated a missing persons report. Premonition of loved ones? Hardly scientific...but hardly ignore-able. (posted to UID thread also)

    Received email from NYSICAP....Inv Kim Law.

    Ms...,
    this possible match is ruled out as Missing not pregnant at time of disappearance, dental records also eliminate. Thank you for your interest.

    Inv. Kim Law, NYS ViCAP

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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Erica was last seen at approximately 21:00 in the vicinity of Main Street and Rail Road Avenue in Middleburgh, NY.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mi...dedecff48209ab

    Village of Middleburgh:
    'The Schoharie Creek passes the village, where it is joined by the Little Schoharie Creek and Stony Creek.
    New York State Route 30 (River Street) and New York State Route 145 (Main Street) intersect in the village at the bridge over Schoharie Creek.'
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middleb...age),_New_York

    Schoharie Creek
    Schoharie Creek in New York, USA flows north 93 miles (150 km)[1] from the foot of Indian Head Mountain in the Catskill Mountains through the Schoharie Valley to the Mohawk River.
    Schoharie Creek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Mohawk River
    The Mohawk River is a 149-mile-long (240 km)[4] river in the U.S. state of New York. It is the largest tributary of the Hudson River. The Mohawk flows into the Hudson in the Capital District, a few miles north of the city of Albany.[5]
    Mohawk River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Weather conditions for 10/13/1986 and 10/14/1986

    On October 13th, 1986, the closest available weather station to Middleburgh, NY (ALBANY COUNTY AP, NY), reported the following conditions:
    High Temp: 61F
    Low Temp: 53.1F
    Average Temp: 56.8F
    Dewpoint: 53.8F
    Wind Speed: 8.8 Knots
    Precipitation Amount: 0.01 Inches
    Snow Depth: n/a
    Observations: Fog, Rain/Drizzle
    ......

    On October 14th, 1986, the closest available weather station to Middleburgh, NY (ALBANY COUNTY AP, NY), reported the following conditions:
    High Temp: 68F
    Low Temp: 53.1F
    Average Temp: 62.2F
    Dewpoint: 60.6F
    Wind Speed: 7.2 Knots
    Precipitation Amount: 0.53 Inches
    Snow Depth: n/a
    Observations: Fog, Rain/Drizzle
    .........
    Last edited by KateB; 04-05-2015 at 10:13 PM. Reason: repair url tags.

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    No new information, but just thought I'd add this link...

    http://newyorkstatemissingpersons.ni...context=latest

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    Here's a snippet of the 1986 article in the Gazette on the website below.

    Erica Jayne Franolich wore a baggy shirt and blue denim overalls when she vanished from the quiet streets of Middleburgh. It was just before Halloween in 1986, when the troubled 26-yearold mother from Michigan was last seen in Schoharie County. She was last known to be living with her husband, Richard Franolich, after moving to the area during the summer.

    Now State Police investigators are looking for new leads in Franolich’s disappearance. Authorities are unsure of what happened to the petit, brown-haired, browneyed woman, who left behind two infant sons.

    We’ve ruled out that she left on her own,” said state police Investigator William John.

    John said residents at the time knew the couple and saw them together in the months leading up to Franolich’s disappearance. They spent most of the summer with the husband’s brother, Joe Franolich, in Schenectady County and the fall in Schoharie County, where many residents reported seeing the couple together. “All of a sudden, she wasn’t around anymore,” he said.
    http://rotterdamny.info/m-1209817090/

    ETA: Oops, now I see this link was already posted above.

    ..
    Last edited by Redux; 01-22-2015 at 03:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capoly View Post
    Received email from NYSICAP....Inv Kim Law.

    Ms...,
    this possible match is ruled out as Missing not pregnant at time of disappearance, dental records also eliminate. Thank you for your interest.

    Inv. Kim Law, NYS ViCAP
    Hmmm I understand that this UID was eliminated on dental records also but they should never rule out a missing person against an UID because of pregnancy or the lack thereof. It is always possible that a missing female is unknowingly pregnant or even that one can claim to have been pregnant but be lying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgunzzz View Post
    Hmmm I understand that this UID was eliminated on dental records also but they should never rule out a missing person against an UID because of pregnancy or the lack thereof. It is always possible that a missing female is unknowingly pregnant or even that one can claim to have been pregnant but be lying!
    Good point!

    On another note, I was looking at some of the older articles on Erica, and I think that if she's a UID, she could be in NY, Vermont, or even New Jersey. Doesn't narrow it down much, but I think I'm going to start taking a look at UID's in those areas.
    Last edited by Redux; 01-31-2015 at 03:12 PM.

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    An interesting article from 2010 where LE specifically name Richard Franolich as the 'prime person of interest'. Whilst this may be obvious it is one thing to speculate and another for LE to say so.
    http://www.dailygazette.com/news/201...missing/?print


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    Quote Originally Posted by alb1on View Post
    An interesting article from 2010 where LE specifically name Richard Franolich as the 'prime person of interest'. Whilst this may be obvious it is one thing to speculate and another for LE to say so.
    http://www.dailygazette.com/news/201...missing/?print
    Thanks so much for posting that alb1on! Most of the articles that I found when looking at this were behind paywalls, so I couldn't post much from them.

    From the article...

    Tensions came to a head when Richard Franolich left his wife with her family in Michigan and stole away with their infant son to the Duanesburg area. She followed him in the hopes of retrieving the boy.

    The 26-year-old mother planned to go to Duanesburg, take the boy and head back to Michigan. But they reconciled. However, within months of her arrival in New York she had another falling-out with her husband and later called her brother in Michigan to tell him she feared for her life, authorities said.

    “She was supposed to contact [her brother] again the next day to get out of there, but she never did,” said William John, an investigator with the New York State Police.

    Instead, she vanished without a trace. Shortly after her disappearance, her husband took their son and went to Vermont, where he remains.

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    It was Erica's sister (not her husband) who reported her missing in February 1987 almost 4 months after she was last seen.

    Nada Thompson, the woman’s older sister, first reported the disappearance in February 1987. She is hoping someone will step forward with new leads so that her sister’s disappearance will finally reach a resolution.
    http://rotterdamny.info/m-1209817090/

    From the same link, Erica and her husband apparently spent quite a bit of time with Richard's brother, Joe, while they lived in New York. Just another fact to throw in.

    John said residents at the time knew the couple and saw them together in the months leading up to Franolich’s disappearance. They spent most of the summer with the husband’s brother, Joe Franolich, in Schenectady County and the fall in Schoharie County, where many residents reported seeing the couple together.

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    Bump up for Erica. Coming up on 29 years missing.

    I hope you are found soon Erica.

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    Here is Erica's NamUs entry:

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/643/0/

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    What do y'all think about this possible match? Age and height are slightly off, but not off enough to make me think it couldn't be her. I think the sketch favors her a lot.

    https://identifyus.org/cases/2607
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