In 1986 when Teddy Franks disappeared, the family went to the Middletown Police Dept. to file a report. They refused to take the report because Teddy lived in Hamilton. The family then went to Hamilton Police. They refused to take the report because Teddy disappeared from Middletown. The family, being confused and not knowing where to turn, felt no one was helping and that the Police did not care.
This is the reason this case is 30 years old and has had no movement.
In order to submit Teddy's information to the Ohio Attorney Generals Office, and to have DNA collected from the family and submitted to the US Dept of Justice to be added to the NamUs Database, a police report and number must be created.
I wrote a letter to Chief Deputy Dwyer of Butler County Sheriff's Department explaining the situation. Chief Dwyer contacted me and assured me that he would send a Detective to take the report from the family. That interview took place on 5/25/2017.
If you get the chance, please contact the Butler County Sheriff at 513-785-1010 and express your gratitude for their interest in this case. Seldom do they receive thanks from the public, and this action is a credit to those in service today! Their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ButlerCountySO/
Thank you Chief Dwyer for your help!
INFORMATION is the lifeblood of any investigation. The lack of information will quickly send a case to the cold case graveyard. This is what happened in the 70's to Joanne E. Coughlin's case. For all intensive purposes the Youngstown PD, at that time, along with the Boardman PD were lacking in information. The case file itself has suffered decay over the years, with information and evidence destroyed or missing. Yet, there were so many leads in this case and for some reason, the acting detectives at that time did some pretty unorthodoxed things: even to the point of allowing a subject (really a suspect) to go free, never again to bring charges against them. This investigation has been perplexing and most of the problem lays in the hands of the YPD of that era.
Poor note taking on the part of the YPD in this case has been the thorn in the side of this investigator. In reviewing the FBI File, Joanne's mother relayed to the FBI that a certain detective was told to "drop the case" by a Narcotics detective who wasn't involved in Joanne's case. That detective, per his son's statement, said this was one of the reasons his father resigned from the YPD, and it bothered him till the day he died. The FBI is not off the hook either; under federal law, attempted bank fraud carries a stiff penalty and fine. Yet, even after Joanne's mother plead with the FBI, US Senator, and the President himself (I have those letters and responses), to arrest this subject who was caught in the act of attempting to withdraw funds from Joanne's bank account, the FBI stated that this suspect had done nothing to constitute a Federal crime, and they refused to get involved. Outstanding. I interviewed this subject during my investigation, and this person tells of being haunted by Joanne's voice to this date saying "Help me, help me!" Yet, even today, nothing is being done that this investigator knows of to interrogate this subject further.
I have spent 3 years on this case, and have no intentions of letting the pressure subside. The information is out there, unfortunately, the police will not act on hearsay evidence. The years having passed, much of the information gathered is information that has been passed on from deceased family members. Even information given to immediate family members of those involved is not admissible because it is hearsay. Two prime suspects are now dead: two are still alive and enjoying their life of freedom.
There are others that were involved in Joannes life that have information, but as soon as I get too close, they bottle up. Either they are guilty, or they are afraid of retribution. That's right, just think about yourselves and don't worry about those who are hurting and wanting this case solved and those responsible brought to justice. I visited the mother of one person who is now deceased and whom I consider a suspect (indeed there are many suspects). The phone rang and I could hear the woman on the other end of the phone loud and clear. The woman I was visiting told the woman on the phone I was there, and what I was inquiring about. The woman on the other end of the phone exclaimed " Be careful what you say!" What did that woman have to hide? She was a lifelong resident of Youngstown and to this day I believe she is withholding critical information about Joanne Coughlin.
I could go on, but won't in this context.
I have shared this information in the hopes of getting information; information that will restart this case and bring justice to those responsible. You know who you are and what you are hiding. I can wait, I have been patient 3 long years. It will fair better for you if you come forward now, rather than being found out through legal procedures when it comes time to pay the Piper. Choose wisely.