Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 8, 1983 from Lemmon Valley, Nevada
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: August 15, 1972
Age: 10 years old
Height and Weight: 4'11, 85 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Franko has a slight gap between his upper front teeth. He has small birthmarks above his left eyebrow and on the right side of his neck. Franko has two light-colored moles on his cheek and nose. He has a scar under his lower lip. Franko's nickname is Tony.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red San Francisco 49ers t-shirt, blue jeans, a blue down hooded jacket, and hiking boots.
Details of Disappearance
Franko was last seen walking to his school on the morning of May 8, 1983 in Lemmon Valley, Nevada. He was a fifth grade student at the time, and was a member of the 4-H Club. He never arrived at school and has never been heard from again.
A defrocked priest named Stephen Kiesle became a suspect in Franko's case in mid-2002. He has since been arrested and charged with molesting three girls at the Santa Paula Catholic Church in Fremont, where he worked from 1968 to 1971. Police searched his yard three times, using cadaver-sniffing dogs, radar, and a backhoe. They were looking not only for evidence in Franko'sdisappearance but also evidence in the disappearances of Jaycee Dugard, Amber Swartz-Garcia and Jennifer Martin. The only item that was located was a bag full of dirt and decomposed clothing. The searches concluded in July 2002. Franko is believed to have been abducted by a non-family member, but few details are available in his case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Nation's Missing Children Organization
California Attorney General's Office
The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes by Michael Newton
Twenty five years ago Thursday Anthony Franco was on his way to school in Lemmon Valley when was taken and never seen again.
While it's considered a cold case, the kidnapping is still open.
Detectives who are still involved with the case say they get information and tips on a daily basis. "We had contact in November that was a possible sighting of Tony Franco. And yet, it didn't pan out. I know that we still get calls," says Washoe County Dep. Brooke Keast.
missing 27 years now.
28 Years Later, Missing Boy's Mother Still Waits, Hopes
Twenty eight years ago today a 10 year old boy left his Lemmon Valley home to walk to school. He was never seen again.
His mother still still waits for answers and clings to hope.
It's the coldest of cold cases. Deputy Brent Royle who was assigned to the case says he hasn't let it go. These days on patrol he sometimes finds himself in Tony's old neighborhood. He says he still talks with longtime residents, hoping to jar loose a memory.
There were reports 28 years ago that Tony had been seen talking at other times with an adult man who has never been identified. Investigators would like very much to identify him or anyone else who may have come into contact with Franko before he disappeared.
Bumping for Tony. Just found him on Charley project. For some reason his case is one that just grabbed me.
While helping her 10-year-old son get ready for school in 1983, Liza Ackerman asked if she could take his 4-H ribbon to work, for momís bragging rights.
During the weekend, Tony Franko had shown his rabbits, Buck Rogers and Samantha, and his pony, Pepper. He did such a good job answering questions about them that he won a big blue ribbon.
Ackerman took the ribbon and went to work at a downtown bank. Frankoís stepfather was home trying to sleep after working a graveyard shift. He last heard Tony shut the door on his way to Lemmon Valley Elementary School a half-mile away.
What's sad is today I was doing more research into the Sheep Flats Jane Doe when I came across an ad in a July 1983 issue of the (I think still as) Reno Evening Gazette and it was for secret witness offering a $1,000.00 reward for Tony Franko's safe return. Upon doing some google research, it only became more depressing.
more at linkThe National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is trying to revive interest in an old Nevada case as its 30th anniversary approaches.
Ten-year-old Tony Franko disappeared on May 8, 1983.
“It’s our oldest unsolved missing child case,” said KOLO News reporter Ed Pearce, a longtime leader in the Secret Witness crime tip line program.
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