Information on missing person sought

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is releasing a brand-new age progressed image which could be the key to solving a 40-year-old case.

Anthony “Tony” Franko was only 10 years old when he mysteriously vanished from his home in Lemon Valley, Nevada on May 9, 1983.

Tony’s mom, Liza Ackerman-Stewart, recently told NCMEC that while it has been a devastating 40 years, she has not given up hope. She believes that this age progressed image of her son, which shows what he may look like today, could lead the authorities one step closer to finding the answers she has been longing for.

Liza vividly remembers that dreadful Monday. Tony was last seen leaving their home that morning to walk to the nearby elementary school. When Tony did not return home from school, Liza notified law enforcement and reported him missing. She later found out that he never made it to his classes that day. Authorities believe that Tony vanished at some point during his regular route to school.

Liza recently shared with NCMEC a letter to Tony, expressing the love she has for her son and how deeply she misses him.

Dear Tony,
I have faith that you are still alive, but only God knows. I miss you dearly and my heart still aches after all of these years of not knowing where you are. I am trying my best and I am trying to find you. As long as I breathe, you will always be remembered and loved. I love you so much Tony.
Love your mom,
Liza

If you have any information about Anthony or his disappearance, contact NCMEC at (800) THE-LOST ((800) 843-5678) or the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.