Tabitha Franklin fell through the cracks of society. In fact, she fell so deeply into them that nobody can seem to find her. Tabby, as her friends and family call her, went missing on August 8, 2009 and hasn’t been seen since. Tabby leaves three small children waiting for their mother to come home.
Tabby grew up in Cullman, Alabama. Born into a middle class family, she was the only girl, surrounded by five brothers.
Stacey White, Tabby’s sister in law said they nicknamed her the Redneck Diva.
“She could play football in high heels!” said White, “She was a part tomboy and all girl.”
But, Tabby’s innocence was short lived. She was sexually abused.
“Tabby was a cheerleader and just loved people. She loved the outdoors and being around nature,” White said, “and then, I think, the sexual abuse really affected her self esteem and things changed. She went through some hard times. She numbed herself with alcohol and drugs.”
Tabby wanted what most people want and that was to be loved and accepted for who she was. She thought she had finally found that the day she met Christopher Poore.
“She fell in love with him,” said White, “He treated her well and made her feel loved.”
Only three months of the relationship, Poore started to physically abuse Tabby. It started with verbal abuse and quickly escalated into physical abuse.
“She would call me crying, ” White said, “she was afraid. I wanted her to start documenting things or take pictures and she wouldn’t, so I finally snapped a picture of her with two black eyes. I wanted proof of what he was doing to her in case something happened.”
Tabby told her sister in law, that she feared Christopher was going to kill her after he had choked her until she was unconscious.
“Tabby said when she woke, he was digging her grave. He thought he killed her,” said White.
According to White, whenever she called the police to check on Tabby, Christopher would hide and force Tabby to tell the police that everything was okay. It was after a severe beating from Christopher that Tabby decided to go to the police.
“When Tabby went to the police, Chris called her from her children’s school and threatened to hurt them if she didn’t back off, so she did,” said White, “This was a guy that we found out had served five years in prison for assaulting a police officer.”
Christopher was the last one to see Tabby. He claims that he gave her ride and that was the last time her saw her.
White said, not much has been done to look for Tabby and that the police asked him a few questions over the phone, but never interviewed him in person.
“They said there was no proof that a crime had been committed,” White said.
Christopher sold his car, leaving it unavailable to be check for any evidence and the Chris left town.
“I know he has ties to Michigan and possible Chicago and He is now using the name Christopher Merrel. We just want her back. These kids need closure and they need answers as to where their mother is, ” White said, “It’s a day by day process and the days go by even slower when there are no leads. They don’t realize, nor do they know why she is gone from their lives. Hannah, Gavin and Dawson just know that they want their mother home, it’s a simple as that.
Date of Birth: 09/15/1980
Date Missing: 08/13/2009
Age at time of disappearance: 28
City Missing From: Cullman
State Missing From: AL
Height: 5 ft 6 in
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Identifying Characteristics: Tabitha has 4 tattoos: An angel on her right arm, a scroll on left upper arm, a butterfly in between her shoulders on her back, and a rose on her ankle. She has 2 scars: a c -section scar, and a small scar on her nose.
Clothing: She was last seen wearing a black dress.
Jewelry: She usually wears dangling style earrings and often wears necklaces.
Circumstances of Disappearance: She was last seen at a friend’s home in West Point , AL. She was then picked up by Christopher Poore and allegedly driven to Hueytown. He stated that he dropped her off to do errands and when he returned to pick her up, she was gone.
Medical Conditions: None known
Investigative Agency: Cullman County Sheriff’s Department
Agency Phone: (256) 734-0342
Investigative Case #: 09010083 Print a Poster: http://www.projectjason.org/aan/AAN_TabithaFranklin.pdf
Diana May-Waldman- Worldwide Hippies correspondent.- Diana is the author of A Woman’s Song. Her poetry in this book deals with the struggles facing all women and the many facets of being a woman in the world today. She is a strong women’s and children’s advocate. A true example of the Hippie movements continuing growth and sprit. Diana’s activism is an inspiration to many.