Eric Lee Franks

Franks, circa 2011; Franks's Chevrolet Malibu

  • Missing Since 03/21/2011
  • Missing From Saginaw, Michigan
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 38 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0 - 6'1, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Franks's left toe has been partially amputated and has no nail. His ears are pierced. He wears a full set of dentures. Franks's hair was chin-length at the time of his disappearance.

Details of Disappearance

Franks checked into the Miller Motel in Saginaw, Michigan sometime in late 2010. His estranged girlfriend, Kendra Firmingham, who was the mother of his teenage daughter, lived in Saginaw. He checked out of the motel on March 21, 2011, having stayed about five months. Firmingham said he drove north on Dixie Highway. He has never been heard from again. His family reported him missing in November.

His vehicle, a bronze or tan four-door 2001 Chevrolet Malibu with the Ohio license plate number EMH4902, went missing him; a photo of it is posted with this case summary. It was registered to his mother, but she let her son use it.

The Chevrolet was not recovered until September 2020, nine and a half years after he disappeared. It had been hidden in the garage of Gerald Rutledge, an elderly and incapacitated Saginaw man. Firmingham had been Rutledge's caregiver at the time of Franks's disappearance; she later moved to Florida, where she died in 2016. In 2020 Rutledge died, and that summer Franks's car was put up for sale along with other items from his estate. A man in Clare, Michigan purchased it and the police recovered it from that person.

Investigators believe Franks may be deceased. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Michigan State Police 989-495-5555

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 13, 2020; details of disappearance updated.