Fredia Louise Franks
Franks, approximately 2001; Mark Terrell Walsh, approximately 2007
Date reported missing : 08/17/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Beaver Lake, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Biracial, Native American, White
DOB : 02/18/1957 (64)
Age at the time of disappearance: 44 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 120 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A t-shirt, jeans, sneakers and a watch.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Franks's hair is naturally curly. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may spell her first name "Freda."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Franks resided in Neosho, Missouri in 2001. She went camping with her 42-year-old friend, Mark Terrell Walsh, and an 11-year-old female child on August 17, 2001. A photograph of Walsh is posted with this case summary.
The group was traveling in a 34-foot motor home. They stayed in a campground near Table Rock Lake in Arkansas shortly after embarking on the trip. Authorities believe that the group drove to the Beaver Lake area in northwest Arkansas afterwards. Franks has never been heard from again.
Walsh and the child arrived in Rule, Arkansas near Green Forest on September 9, 2001. Franks was not accompanying them at the time. Walsh was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with abducting the child, as well as statutory rape and sodomy.
The girl told investigators that she believed she saw a decomposing body inside one of the cabins she and Walsh visited, but she was unable to recall the location of the building.
Walsh was convicted of two counts of first-degree sodomy and sentenced to life in prison. He is currently incarcerated in a Missouri prison. Foul play is suspected in Franks's case due to the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Arkansas authorities are handling Franks's investigation.
Other information and links : ncy
Stone County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 12, 2004. May 10, 2008; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.