Sheila Sherrell Franks

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Above Image: Franks, circa 2014

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 2, 2014 from Eureka, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 19, 1976
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Franks was last seen in Eureka, California on February 2, 2014. At the time of her disappearance she was living in Rio Dell, California and Loleta, California. Her family reported her missing on March 13; it's very uncharacteristic of Franks to be out of touch with her loved ones.

    23-year-old Danielle Nicole Bertolini disappeared on January 29, 2014, a few days before Franks did. The two women both had blonde hair and blue eyes, they knew some of the same people, and they were last seen by the same man, who is considered a person of interest in both cases. Because of this, authorities believe the two cases could be linked. A photograph of Bertolini is posted below this case summary. In March 2015, her skull was found near the Eel River, upstream from Howe Creek. It was identified in May. Authorities believe she was the victim of a homicide.

    Franks's disappearance and Bertolini's murder remain unsolved.

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    Above: Danielle Bertolini

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Humboldt County Sheriff's Department
    707-445-7251

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Facebook Page for Sheila Franks
    NamUs
    The Bangor Daily News
    KMUD Radio
    The Redwood Times News
    The North Coast Journal
    Facebook Page for Timur Mardeyev

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 2, 2016; three pictures added.

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