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Franklin, Tabitha 8-13-2009 AL
Topic Started: Oct 31 2009, 12:57 PM (422 Views)
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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.

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Contact: Inv. Randy Frost
Phone: (256) 734-0342
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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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Local woman missing for nearly a month
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September 26, 2009, 1:55 AM

By Patrick McCreless

Cullman County Sherifffs investigators are asking for the publicfs 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.

gShefs never been gone for more than three days without calling me or her kids,h said Bobby White, Franklinfs brother. gShefs been gone almost 30 days now. Shefs never been out of contact this long, ever.h

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

gShe was supposed to be meeting some family,h Clay said.

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

gShefs just a fun, outgoing, funny person,h White said. gShefs never been gone like this.h

The sherifffs office currently does not consider Franklinfs case to be a criminal matter.

gWe donft suspect any foul play at this time,h Clay said. gMaybe shefs at someonefs house. Wefre hoping someone will see this and call us.h

Anyone with information regarding Tabitha Franklinfs whereabouts are encouraged to call the Cullman County Sherifffs Office at 734-0342.

Patrick McCreless can be reached by e-mail at patrickm@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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January 31, 2010

Children, family still wait for news on missing woman
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January 31, 2010, 8:13 AM
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 dont for get us.

Gavins 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 Sheriffs Office. But, were still working on everything that comes in and following up.

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

Tabithas 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 hasnt come home.

I try to talk to you on Myspace, Dawson wrote in his own letter to his mother. It says youve not been on there for a while ... I cant wait to see you.

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.

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 dont know if she is alive or dead, she said. We just wish we could get some closure.

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 isnt really able to pay for additional efforts like this, Stacy White, Tabithas other sister-in-law, said. Were just trying to do something. Its been really hard.

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 Franklins whereabouts are encouraged to call the Cullman County Sheriffs Office at 734-0342.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 225.
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Tabitha Lynn Franklin
AKA: Tabby
Missing Since: 8/13/2009
Sex Female Race White
Age 28 Age 30
(At time missing)

Hgt 0Ft5In Wgt 140
Hair Blonde Eye Blue


Law Enforcement Agency: Cullman Count Sheriff's Dept.
Report Number: 09010083
Contact: LT. Scott Clay or Inv. Randy Frost
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One year later, family still searching for missing Cullman woman
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.

"If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth." The late, great Roberto Clemente.

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