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Monday, September 24, 2007

Missing Person Alert - Nailah Franklin Update

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This lovely young lady is Nailah Franklin. As of 19th September, she has been missing. She was apparently being threatened by a man she had dated previously, who had a history of making threats to women. For details, click on CrimeBlog.

Nailah Franklin is 5′2″ and weighs about 115 lbs. She worked as a pharmaceutical rep for Eli Lilly. She was smart, geeky, apparently a feminist, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Two computers were, apparently, missing from her condo, and someone (maybe herself, maybe someone else) used her telephone to text a message to her boyfriend when he called her at 8:15 the evening before she was reported missing, stating that she was in the middle of dinner and could not take his call. (???) Even with a mouthful of food I'd pick up the phone, if only to say "I'm eating, I'll call you back."

If you come across her, police ask that you call (312) 746-9259 without delay.

Update: Nailah Franklin's car has been found, and police have apparently retrieved some of her personal effects from the car. Let's hope she is still alive and unharmed and the miserable POS who abducted her has not had time to do anything to harm her.

Over on CrimeBlog, a reader posited that Nailah staged a disappearance to ensure that the man who was threatening her would be picked up by police. That would be a brilliant thing to do. I fervently hope and pray that is the case, and that she emerges from hiding once his sorry ass is in prison - he apparently has a habit of threatening women, and a woman he previously dated took out a restraining order against him.

New Update 09/24: WBBM Newsradio of Chicago reports that the FBI has been asked by Chicago police to join in the search for Nailah Franklin.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports that the Chicago police are not releasing much information to the media. However, CBS in Chicago reports that after Nailah's car was found, with some of her personal effects scattered near it, dive teams searched a nearby pond in the River Oaks Golf Course near Calumet City, but nothing was found. Perhaps the personal effects led them to believe they would find something in the pond?

CrimeBlog seems to believe Nailah has been transported across state lines. The FBI, generally speaking, only gets involved in crimes that might fall under federal jurisdiction (except when a crime involves a child of tender years), and transporting a person across state lines would fall into that category.

If you have any information about the case, police ask that you call (312) 746-9259. As the FBI is also now involved, you might try contacting them as well.

Latest update here.

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