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  • "Suzanne Davis" in the 1980s
  • Suzanne's 1986 High School Photo

Real Name: Unknown at time of broadcast
Nicknames: Suzanne Davis, Sharon Marshall, Sharon Hughes, Tonya Hughes
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: April 1990

CaseEdit

Details: Suzanne Davis is a native of Oklahoma and the mother of six-year-old Michael Hughes. He lived with foster parents Merle and Ernest Bean. On September 12, 1994, a man named Franklin Delano Floyd snatched him after claiming to be his father. He was armed at the time and took both him and James Davis, the school principal, with him, later deserting Davis handcuffed to a tree in a wooded area. Five hours later, Davis was rescued, but for two months, no sign of Franklin Floyd or Michael ever turned up until Floyd was finally arrested in Louisville, Kentucky.
As police delved into the case, they made several disturbing discoveries. In 1975, Floyd, then thirty-two, turned up in Oklahoma City. He was going by the name "Trenton B. Davis" and had a young girl with him, who he claimed was his daughter, Suzanne. Over the next decade, Floyd and Suzanne moved from town-to-town, using a variety of aliases. In 1988, Suzanne, then seventeen, gave birth to her son, Michael Hughes. Incredibly, Floyd to be the boy's father. Even more incredibly, he then married Suzanne, even though she was his "daughter".
In 1990, when Michael was two, Suzanne was killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident. The prime suspect was Floyd, although he was never charged. Floyd vanished soon after that, leaving Michael with foster care. His foster parents remembered that he had developmental problems. He had trouble with communication and muscle control. Six months after abandoning Michael, Floyd was arrested on a parole violation. A routine blood test led to a somewhat surprising discovery: Floyd was not Michael's biological father. After being released from prison, Floyd tried getting custody of him and abducted him only after being denied custody.
Investigators were disturbed to discover that Suzanne was not Floyd's biological daughter either; they believe that she was abducted by him as well. Suzanne was most likely been abducted by him between 1973 and 1975, but no one knows where Michael is nor his mother's true identity. Floyd claims to have drowned him in a motel in Georgia and buried him in a cemetery. Other sources claim that the boy is alive, but Floyd keeps changing his story. Suzanne's true identity and Michael's whereabouts are unrevealed.
Suspects: Franklin Delano Floyd is suspected of kidnapping Suzanne when she was a child and later killed her in a suspicious hit-and-run.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the December 15, 1995 episode. Kevin Ogle of KFOR-TV helped to present the case.
Writer Matt Birkbeck wrote a book called A Beautiful Child based on Sharon's life. Sharon and Michael's cases was documented on 20/20. Sharon and Michael's cases was also referenced on an episode of Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case, which focused mainly on the solving the murder of Cheryl Comesso.

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Suzanne before her abduction

Results: Unresolved. Floyd was later sentenced to fifty-five years in prison for kidnapping Michael. In 2002, he was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of Cheryl Commesso. He is now awaiting execution. In October 2014, DNA testing identified "Suzanne Davis" as Suzanne Marie Sevakis. Floyd had married Suzanne's mother in 1973 and in 1975 and later had Suzanne with her two sisters and infant brother after their mother was arrested and sentenced to thirty days in jail. Suzanne's mother was unable to file a missing persons report because Floyd was their stepfather, but Suzanne's two sisters were soon discovered at local social service. Floyd and Suzanne could not be found until recently. Sadly, Suzanne's brother has never been located and neither has her son, Michael. However, Floyd has since confessed to killing Michael on the day of his abduction.
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