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No sign of Eric Franks, missing for more than 3 years

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(03/26/14) - Three years ago this month, ABC12 reported on a man who simply vanished along with his car.

Since then, at least five police agencies in Michigan and Ohio have worked on the case, but to this day, his whereabouts remain a mystery.

If he is alive, Eric Franks would be 41 years old, but his family hasn't heard from him in more than three years.

"We have not had any firm leads," said Gary Thomas, of the Michigan State Police.

Vanished - without a trace. That, right now, is the story of Eric Franks, who moved from Ohio to the Bridgeport area in late 2010.

The car he was driving, a Chevy Malibu, is gone too.

Thomas is the latest detective to work on the Franks investigation. He has been in law enforcement for 32 years and he says he's never seen a case quite like this one.

"Normally, a vehicle will show up, or we'll have some input from the community, somebody that thinks they may have seen him or provide some leads, and we virtually have nothing," he said. 

Franks lived at Miller's Motel in Bridgeport Township. He moved up her to be close to a former girlfriend. She told police in Ohio that she saw Franks on March 21, 2011, removing his belongings out of his motel room.

"The person who last saw him was a former girlfriend. She has been interviewed, her husband has been interviewed," Thomas said.

The motel owner tells a different story about that day. He says he did not see Franks on the date of March 21, 2011. He just saw his girlfriend removing some items from his motel room.

We spoke with Franks' former girlfriend, who now lives in Florida. She says she believes he is still alive, but it's possible he ran into the wrong group of people.

Meantime, Franks' family, who has searched the Mid-Michigan area for their loved one, is losing hope they will ever find out what happened to him.

"There have been people that have been gone for 10 years at a time, then all of a sudden show up. Me personally, I don't think that is the situation with Mr. Franks," Thomas said.

We also spoke to Franks' mother, Wednesday. She told us the family is offering a reward for any information that could help solve this case.

If you have any information, please call your local police department.

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