|Mystery continues in Earnest Franklin's disappearance
The Christmas lights that Earnest Franklin left on at
his home in Shreveport's MLK neighborhood section
no longer shine. His mother's hope that her son is
safe is also dimming.
"He wouldn't leave me by myself. He was a
mama's child," Ola Davis said. "He was right there
with me. If he went somewhere he would always call
and check to see how I'm doing."
Franklin disappeared two nights after Christmas
2003. That night, he told his sister on the phone in
California that he was headed out to meet a friend.
But no one knows who that friend was, since the
reclusive, retired forklift operator maintained his
Shreveport police Detective Michael Carter said
phone records failed to show any suspects. And
while there's no physical evidence, Carter suspects
"This is the first case in my career that I've not had
any logical reason or any kind of clue as to what
happened to a person," Carter said.
There also is no sign of Franklin's car, a four-door
1995 Cadillac DeVille with white diamond paint.
"It's extremely unusual for a car like that to be this
invisible for this long, Carter said. "This is a high-
profile car. It's a very flashy, very pretty car."
Franklin, 58, is described as a bald, black man, 5-
foot-5 and 155 lbs. His mother holds on to the
belief he's alive, despite the odds.
"I got faith in God one day I hope I see him
walking up," she said. "Or somebody will tell me
something. I ain't giving up."
Anyone with information - no matter how small or insignificant it may seem - is asked to call Shreveport Police at 673-7020 or Crime Stoppers at 673-7373.