NY ERICA JAYNE FRANOLICH: Missing from Middleburgh, NY - 13 Oct 1986 - Age 26

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Erica Jayne Franolich
Missing since October 13, 1986 from Middleburgh, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: August 12, 1960
Age at Time of Disappearance: 26 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 100 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
Marks, Scars: Mole on left knee
Clothing: Baggy shirt, blue denim overalls.
Dentals: Buck teeth
AKA: Erica Poprafsky

Circumstances of Disappearance
Erica was last seen at approximately 21:00 in the vicinity of Main Street and Rail Road Avenue in Middleburgh, NY.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

New York State Police
518-630-1700
or
New York State Police
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Email

Agency Case Number:
GDBG02821

NCIC Number:
M-852561684
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Nations Missing Children Organization
New York State Police

Media - ERICA JAYNE FRANOLICH: Missing from Middleburgh, NY since 13 Oct 1986 - Age 26
 
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Romulus

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News

State Police still investigating missing mother of 2, missing for 3 decades
by WRGB STAFF
Tuesday, February 11th 2020
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Police say Erica Jayne Franolich was reported missing to authorities in Waterford Michigan on February 25, 1987. Investigators say she was living in Schoharie County with her husband and her young son. She was last seen at around 9:00 PM on October 13, 1986 in the area of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Middleburgh.

MIDDLEBURGH, NY (WRGB) State Police are still looking for clues in the disappearance of a 26 year old mother of two, who was reported missing over 30 years ago.

Police say Erica Jayne Franolich was reported missing to authorities in Waterford Michigan on February 25, 1987. Investigators say she was living in Schoharie County with her husband and her young son. She was last seen at around 9:00 PM on October 13, 1986 in the area of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Middleburgh.


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Police say Erica Jayne Franolich was reported missing to authorities in Waterford Michigan on February 25, 1987. Investigators say she was living in Schoharie County with her husband and her young son. She was last seen at around 9:00 PM on October 13, 1986 in the area of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Middleburgh..png

Police say she Erica has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a mole on her left knee and a small indentation on her forehead, slightly left of center. She is 5’3’’ with a small build.
State Police say they believe that she may be the victim of foul play.
Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 518-630-1700.

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Police say Erica Jayne Franolich was reported missing to authorities in Waterford Michigan on February 25, 1987. Investigators say she was living in Schoharie County with her husband and her young son. She was last seen at around 9:00 PM on October 13, 1986 in the area of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Middleburgh.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
I watched the video and find it interesting New York did not get this case until, was it 2002? That is a lot of years. It also said there was a history of domestic violence. Before I listened to it, I wondered if the picture up above of her was bad lighting or bruises and a laceration on her face? Still wondering actually. He also said some of the family is being honest and some are not (paraphrasing). The husband has lawyered up as well.

I hope they solve this, they seem to have an idea of who did this or hint at that anyway.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
"At the time of her disappearance, Erica's relationship with her husband, Richard, was troubled. During the summer of 1986, Richard took their baby son and moved to Duanesburg, New York, leaving Erica with her family in Michigan. She went to Duanesburg to get the baby back, but wound up reconciling with Richard.

Months later, in October, she called her brother in Michigan to say she was afraid for her life and wanted to leave again. She promised to call him again the next day to make arrangements to leave, but she never did. Shortly afterwards, Richard took their son and moved to Vermont.

Erica wasn't reported missing until February 1987. One of her sons died in 2006. Her husband is still alive and still lives in Vermont. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected."



I'd like to know what good ol' Richard has been up to this past 30 years.....
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member

Private investigators dedicated to solving local cold case​

The search is still on 35 years later after Erica Jayne Franolich disappeared out of Schoharie County.

There have been several reports out that the 26-year-old was last seen on October of 1986 at a bar near Main Street and Railroad Ave in Middleburgh. However, some investigators and family know that wasn’t the last place Erica was seen. “She was actually last known to be at their home…the Franolich home,” says Greg Overacker, Private Investigator for Private Investigations for the Missing.

Erica Franolich lived with her son and her husband, Richard, in Schoharie County. Erica’s older sister Nada Thomspon says Erica was in a troubled marriage. The couple was involved with alcohol, drugs, and physical abuse. At the time, Erica’s family was living in Michigan and reported her missing after they had trouble getting in touch with her. The family wasn’t able to file a missing persons report until they came to New York in February.



Recently, this case has gained local attention. Between blog posts, podcasts and two billboards in Cobleskill, Greg and others are trying to spread the word. The billboards were put up on Tuesday and will be up for a month. They will remind the community that Erica is still missing. “There are people in the area that have information and we need them to come forward,” says Greg.

Greg says donations made the billboards possible. “…We’re trying to reach as many people as possible because we know these people are out there.”

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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member

Billboard alerts passersby of cold case in Middleburgh​

Though nearly four decades have passed since Erica’s mysterious disappearance, her siblings are still searching to explain what happened to their sister.

On May 24, Erica’s family and private investigator Greg Overacker put up two billboards on either ends of the town of Cobleskill, located 12 miles Northwest of Middleburgh, in an effort to get more information about Erica’s case. The billboards read: “Missing Person, Last Seen in Middleburgh, NY October 13th, 1986, WhereIsErica.com, Call 315-542-7800.”

The billboards were funded by a GoFundMe page, which raised $3,649 from 50 donors in under a month. Overacker said he hopes that Cobleskill residents will see the billboards when they are driving to the town’s shopping center, and the message will jog memories of the night Erica disappeared.

“We put them up to get some reaction,” said Nada Thompson, Erica’s sister. Some Schoharie County residents know what happened to Erica, but have not come forward, according to her brother, Pete Poprafsky, 65, who lives in Waterford, Michigan. “There’s no way you can not know if you’re living right there,” he said.
 

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