LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department has made contact with a 50-year-old man who was reported missing by his wife on Aug. 13.
"This morning an officer spoke by phone with Franklin Strickland, a Lufkin man reported missing by his wife last week," stated a post on the Lufkin Police Department's Facebook page. "He said he is safe and has been in Shreveport since Wednesday."
Strickland's wife told police that she last saw him just before he left their home on Randybrook Street at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to a nearby car wash. He left driving a white 1996 Ford Aerostar, which has damage to the right, rear quarter panel and a magnetic sign that reads "Strickland Custom Building and Remodeling."
An hour later, Strickland's wife called him, and he told her he was going to McCoy's Building Supply to get materials for a job, the press release stated. When the woman called her husband again two hours after that, the phone went straight to voicemail and has continued to do so ever since.
However, employees at McCoy's told Strickland's wife that they hadn't seen him there.
"One of Strickland's employees told an officer that the morning before he went missing, Strickland said he would come out to a job site in Central, but he never showed," the press release stated. "The employee said that happened a few times during the past few weeks, which is unlike his boss."
Kayleigh Evans, Stricklands's daughter, said it wasn't like her father to disappear without at least letting her or his mother know where he is going.
Detective J.B. Smith with the Lufkin Police Department said even when a person doesn't meet the criteria to be put into a state or national missing persons database, department policy calls for them to take an incident report.
"It gets forwarded on to the criminal investigations division, and they look into it to make sure nothing has been missed and that the person is not in danger in some way," Smith said. "If they are missing of their own accord, and there is no indication that they are in danger - not mentally ill, a child, elderly, or medically dependent - we will do what we can to make sure they are OK. We'll tell the family what we find if we locate them, but people are allowed to leave."