Sheila Sherrell Franks
Franks, approximately 2014
Date reported missing : 02/02/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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 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. In March 2015, Bertolini's 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.
In June 2019, Franks's femur was found near the mouth of the Eel River. No other remains were located and the cause of death is thus unknown, but her death is considered suspicious. Both cases remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Humboldt County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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