UPDATE: Mar 07, 2014 BREAKING - CCSO Investigators are currently searching a home, located on Co Rd 1136, for evidence in connection with the 2009 disappearance of Tabitha Franklin.
The search comes after a 3 month investigation, which according to Sheriff Mike Rainey, supplied enough probable cause to search the home.
More information to come as it is released. Read story
Missing August 8, 2009 Status: Endangered Missing, Tabitha (Tabby) Franklin, last seen in West Point/Hueytown, Alabama, Date of birth: Sept 15, 1980
Gender: Female Race: White Height: 5’6” Weight: 140 lbs Hair: Blonde Eyes: Green Age:28 Other: She was last seen wearing a black medium-length dress. She usually wears dangling style earrings and often wears necklaces.
She has four tattoos: an angel on her right arm, a scroll on left upper arm, a butterfly in between her shoulders, and a rose on her ankle. She has two scars: a c -section scar, and a small scar on her nose.Her ears are pierced.
Tabitha was last seen with her ex-boyfriend (Christopher Ray Poole/Merrell) in the West Point, Alabama area when he picked her up from a friend's home. He claims that he dropped her off at his place of business in Hueytown, Alabama to run errands and when he returned to pick her up, she was gone. She has not been seen or heard from since. She is a mother of three children and has never been gone this long with out contacting her family. Her case remains unsolved. Christopher Poole/Merrell (of five yrs) and said to be driven to Hueytown. Per Tabby's family, Christopher Poole has stated: "he dropped her off and went to do errands, when he returned to pick her up, she was gone." The relationship has rrecorded any domestic violence incidents in which Tabby was beaten. Tabby also has two children in which Christopher used to threaten Tabby if she proceeded with legal action.
Christopher Ray Poore/Merrell is wanted for questioning by the Cullman police dept. Use caution if you come into contact with Christopher , Kenneth Poore or Allen Merrell . They have served time for assault and armed robbery. Please do not attempt to apprehend or interact with these people if you come into contact with them contact Cullman County Sheriffs Office Contact Inv. Randy Frost (256) 734-0342 Case Number: 090800281 Date Issued: 09/17/2009 NCIC Number: M448329067
Christopher Ray Poore and Tabitha Franklin were together for five years. During the five years this photo shows the evidence of just one violent encounter they had. An estimate of seven months before the disappearance of Tabitha she had another encounter with Christopher's violent side. This one left her lying unconscious lying in the snow . When she came to Christopher, shovel in hand was digging her grave. During that encounter the beating was so severe that Tabitha lost all bowel functioning as well as faced other physical, mental and emotional damages.
Christopher Ray Poore's vehicle that he picked up Tabitha in the night she went missing.
Tabitha Leann (White) Franklin with Christopher Ray Poore. Christopher's usual occupation is construction and was an employee of Richardson's and Sons Construction company in Birmingham, Al.
Christopher Ray (Poore) Merrell
(1) may have changed his name since the disappearance of Tabitha in Aug 2009.
(2) Was reported back in his home state of MI followering 2009 and is now believed to be residing in ILL with a relative.
Tabitha's daughter desperately searching for her mother or whatever she might find of her to hold on to.
Tabitha's son heartbroken and needing his mother to hold him one more time.
Tabitha's ex husband, Mr. Franklin attended the CUE event for TABBY with their children and his new live-in girlfriend Tiffany Lee pictured at right.