High-tech equipment from federal authorities will be brought in to assist police in the investigation into a missing Chicago businesswoman, officials said Monday. Nailah Franklin, 28, was reported missing Sept. 19. Since then a pond in Calumet City has been searched and her car was recovered in Hammond.
Now Chicago Police are using FBI resources and equipment to further the search. Finding out what happened to Franklin will depend largely on physical evidence, sources said. Detectives were still waiting for forensic tests to be finished on Franklin’s car. They also were tracing Franklin’s last steps and checking security tapes from her condominium building in the 1500 block of South Sangamon.
Two laptops were missing from the condo: her work and her personal computer, her family said. Detectives also were pursuing information about a complaint Franklin made to Chicago Police about a man who had made threatening phone calls to her. The man, whom she met this year and dated for a few months, also has been named in an order of protection by another woman and has a criminal background, sources said.
Franklin’s family went downtown to pass out fliers and ask the public to come forward with any information. The family said Franklin was last seen Sept. 16 attending a wedding. Franklin works as a representative for Eli Lilly & Co. pharmaceuticals. “Somebody needs to find her,” said her sister Lehia Franklin Acox. “We hold out hope that she is alive.”