Murder investigation yields few clues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Murder investigation yields few clues

Diane Franklin Diane Franklin

Memphis Police continued to investigate clues Wednesday in the murder of Diane Franklin.

Franklin went missing Sunday.  Her body was found Monday near West Shelby Drive and Sewanee Road.

Deborah Washington lives in Westwood across the street from where a Memphis mother's car was found Sunday afternoon.

"(I) Came home Sunday (and) saw several police cars surrounding the house across the street," she said. "Later, two gray vans came, and I saw them remove articles from the car. (I) did see them remove a purse."
    
Washington noticed the car there the day before.

"(It) Concerns me a whole lot," she said. "I grew up in this area and been here all my life 55 years.  "

Wednesday, Memphis Police said they had very few clues about what happened to Franklin, whose body was found three miles away near a railroad track.
    
Franklin's family says she left early Saturday morning to go to a Casino in Tunica.  Memphis Police spokesperson Monique Martin said police aren't sure if she ever made it there.

"Everything at this point is just a mystery to us. The car was found, and then her body was found," Martin said.

One clue could be blood found on a knife in Franklin's car, as well as her purse.

"Those articles were sent off to a lab to determine whether or not it was blood," Martin said.

Washington said the murder was unnerving.

"I do go to the casino by myself, so I am really concerned," she said.

Police still don't have a suspect. If you saw Diana Franklin or her white Chevrolet Lumina between Saturday and Sunday, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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