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Detectives Still Hope to Solve 30-Year-Old Cold Case

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Tony Franko's disappearance has baffled local detectives for three decades now. But they are as anxious as ever to figure out what happened to him.

Franko was just 10 years old when he disappeared from his home in Lemmon Valley in May 1983.

"His mother last saw him in their backyard, he was feeding his rabbits. She went to work. He was in 5th grade at Lemmon Valley Elementary and he never arrived at school that day," says Washoe County Detective Kathleen Bishop.

In spite of the time that's passed, law enforcement is still working on the case and looking for clues. "There's always hope, someone has the information, no matter how small, we're asking them to please call."

"You never know what fact will solve the case."

If his mother could find him she'd want him to know what she's believed for years. "That I love him and miss him so much and pray that he'll come home after all these years - because miracles do happen," Liz Ackerman told us in 2003.

Investigators have generated an age-progressed photo of him. He had a small gap in his front teeth and a small birthmark above his left eyebrow.

And - again, any information could be the clue they've been waiting for.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411. Your call will remain anonymous.

Written by Erin Breen

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