CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE: Cullman Sheriff Mike Rainey tells CBS42 that the search and digging at the Vinemont home off County Road 1136 is now over. No evidence of Tabitha Franklin was discovered.
ORIGINAL: Investigators, including Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey, are currently at a residence off of County Road 1136 excavating around the property. The crew is digging for evidence in the
disappearance of Tabitha Franklin, a 28-year-old woman who was last seen back in 2009. In a release sent out from the Cullman Co. Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Rainey says they have been following numerous leads, and have questioned countless people in effort to resolve the four year old case.
Investigators are out on County Road 1136 thanks to a lead, stemming from a three month investigation. Officials had received new information that enabled them to get a search warrant for the residence. At this time, they are currently excavating the front porch, searching for information possibly connected to Tabitha’s disappearance. In addition to the digging equipment, crews have been using cadaver dogs, as well as, sonar equipment from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, to help aid in the search.
The man currently staying at the home, Keith Floyd, is not a suspect or person of interest in the Franklin case. However, when investigators arrived at the home on Thursday with the search warrant, they discovered both drugs and drug paraphernalia inside. Floyd was then arrested. There are no suspects in the Franklin disappearance at this time.
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CBS42 will continue to bring the latest on this developing story as soon as it becomes available.
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