Franco, approximately 1975 (about ten years prior to his disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable)
Date reported missing : 08/08/1985
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/07/1931 (89)
Age at the time of disappearance: 54 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 155 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white shirt and blue work pants.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Franco's birth name was Roberto Franco Urena, but he dropped "Urena" after he emigrated to the U.S. He is missing part of his right middle finger.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Franco was last seen in the 30200 block of southwest 148th Place in Miami, Florida on August 8, 1985. He told his wife he was going to the bakery at southwest 289th Street and US 1, then to visit a friend in the vicinity of southwest 136th Street and Krome Avenue.
He was last seen driving a blue 1980 or 1981 Chevrolet pickup truck with a camper shell and the Florida license plate number 157-APZ. He has never been heard from again. His vehicle was found a few days later in the area of southwest 186th Street and south Dixie Highway, but there was no sign of him.
Franco had moved to Florida with his family from Cuba in 1971. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.
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