Archives: Cold Cases

Earnest Franklin

Earnest Franklin
Earnest Franklin

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 privacy.

Shreveport police Detective Michael Carter said phone records failed to show any suspects. And while there’s no physical evidence, Carter suspects foul play.

“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 at the time of his disappearance, is described as a bald, black man, 5′5″ and 155 lbs. His mother holds on to the belief heös 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. Or click here to submit a tip.

  • Victim Photo: Earnest Franklin
  • Race: Black
  • Height: 5′5″
  • Weight: 155
  • Age: 58
  • When: 12/27/2003 9:00pm
  • Reward: $0.00

Cory Rubio

Cory Rubio
Cory Rubio

Possibly the longest running missing persons case handled by the Shreveport Police Department still lingers in the minds of local detectives who have spent hours trying to find her. It’s been well over a decade since she has been missing, causing sadness, confusion, and anger to her family.

Cory Rubio’s car was found abandoned on Jan. 28, 1999 at the Stoner Boat Launch. The 24-year-old mother of two had last been seen the night before with her ex-husband, Airman Jesse McGay, at Barksdale Air Force Base. Since then, numerous detectives have been assigned the case, but there have still been no breaks in the case.

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 or click here to submit a tip.

“The investigation into this case will continue as long as the matter remains unresolved,” said Detective Pat Lamotte, the case investigator.

  • Victim Photo: Cory Rubio
  • Weight: 0
  • Age: 0
  • Crime: Missing
  • When: 01/28/1999 12:00am
  • Reward: $0.00