The Buena Vista Township Police Department is investigating a case of missing persons that stretches back to 2011.
Authorities said in November, the family of Eric Franks filed a missing report with the Archbold Police Department in Ohio, because Franks had not been seen or heard from for several months.
Investigators learned that Franks went to Saginaw, MI, and met with an estranged girlfriend who is the mother of Franks' child. Franks checked into the Miller Motel in Bridgeport sometime in late 2010 and stayed for about five months.
Police said Franks then checked out on March 21, 2011, and has not been seen or heard from since.
Buena Vista police became involved in the investigation in December, after learning Franks had regular contacts with the mother of Franks' child. Detectives interviewed the woman on several occasions and she stated she last saw Franks on March 21, 2011, when they parted ways from the motel heading south on Dixie Highway. She has not heard from him since.
At this time, detectives have not been able to establish any wrong-doing but do suspect something happened to Franks and believe he may be dead.
Police said Franks is a 39-year-old white man, standing 6'1" and weighing about 175 pounds.
Investigators said Franks was last seen driving a tan four-door 2001 Chevy Malibu with Ohio registration EMH4902.
Anyone with information about Franks' whereabouts is asked to call the Buena Vista Police Detective Bureau at 989-233-2363.
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