Project Astral has obtained new information from an UNKNOWN SOURCE that has been posting on the Unsolved Mysteries forum. Their information has checked-out and we are now posting those findings.
Here is the original statement:
“December 6, 1981 …. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.”
“That is most likely the “Franco” Kurt got int the van with. There are more apparent connections to Kurt and Eugene’s deaths around the same time period, not to mention that 2 of the Newburgh Heights investigating officers were fired for corruption, and 3 others were killed in a car crash while the driver, another officer survived but jumped bond and disappeared. 35 years have passed, and while I was only involved after the fact (I am one of the three boys that found Kurt) I still think about the case and all the loose ends that no one ever followed up on, even though much was reported in 81, then again during the filming of the UM segment.” – UNKNOWN SOURCE
We researched Craig H. Franko (20) and found this information: Craig Franko was shot while working at a local gas station in Cuyahoga County (which is about a 10-minute drive from where Kurt was found dead.)
(1950’s picture of an SOHIO gas station in Cleveland)
“Sohio offers reward Associated Press CLEVELAND The Standard Oil Co. of Ohio has posted a $10,-000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Sohio employee in Cleveland. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.” – Akron Beacon Journal
David Trunsnik, one of Kurt’s close friends, came forward and claimed to have seen Kurt three days after he had disappeared. David witnessed Kurt walking with another individual, as he gained ground on the distance between the two of them walking — David saw a van pull up, and Kurt yell out “Franko!” Kurt entered the van and was never seen again.
A few months later a young male (Eugene Kvet) is killed under similar circumstances as Kurt Sova.
Police corruption has been a rampant problem with the Newburgh Heights police department and now with the connection to Franko established (or so it seems), this can open the door to a large-scale operation of misconduct. Did Franko know Detective Robert Carras — the same detective who lead the murder investigation into Kurt Sova’s case? Did Franko find out something or willingly participated in some sort of activity related to Detective Carras’ corruption? Craig Franko was shot and killed (December 4, 1981) only two months after Kurt Sova’s death (October 28th, 1981) and one month before Eugene Kvet (February 1, 1982).
The Kurt Sova investigation has been called a “joke” and is tainted by former Detective Robert Carras. Carras pleaded guilty to striking Eric Kotonski of Newburgh Heights with a flashlight during a drunken driving arrest in December 1990; kicking John Rogers of Cleveland as Rogers lay handcuffed after a February 1989 abduction and harassment arrest; pulling Larry Villanueva’s hair during questioning about a February 1989 break-in; and striking Donal Geib across the face during the same interrogation.
The below statement is from the Associated Press:
“CLEVELAND (AP) _ A former police officer serving a 4 1/2 year prison term on drug charges pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating suspects.
Robert Carras, 41, of suburban Newburgh Heights originally pleaded innocent to five federal charges of kicking, hitting and pulling the hair of suspects.
Carras pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Lambros, who sentenced him to a 51-month term concurrent with his drug sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Clarence Taylor said Carras changed his plea in exchange for the concurrent term.
The former police officer was charged with brutalizing suspects in four separate incidents.
Carras pleaded guilty to striking Eric Kotonski of Newburgh Heights with a flashlight during a drunken driving arrest in December 1990; kicking John Rogers of Cleveland as Rogers lay handcuffed after a February 1989 abduction and harassment arrest; pulling Larry Villanueva’s hair during questioning about a February 1989 break-in; and striking Donal Geib across the face during the same interrogation.
He also pleaded guilty to handcuffing a Cleveland taxi driver, James Stipetich, to a hot radiator after a confrontation.
Carras was convicted in December 1990 of 76 counts of aggravated drug trafficking and 76 counts of illegal processing of drug documents. Carras was convicted of forging prescriptions for Percocet, an addictive painkiller.
Carras was fired in January.”
This is an official PROJECT ASTRAL investigation.
– Press Graye