On Sunday May 14, 2017 the Franklin Police Department received a report of a missing person. The parents of 20 year old Michael Doherty, of Franklin, reported their son had not returned home after gathering with friends the previous evening. Officers from the Franklin Police Department immediately began an investigation and a search for Michael. Over the last six days countless man hours have been spent in the efforts to locate Michael, and bring him home to his family.
At approximately 14:30hrs (5/20/17) two civilians out searching in dense woods and thick underbrush near Rt. 495 located the body of a white male, believed at this time to be Michael Doherty. Positive confirmation will not be available until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has issued its findings.
The thoughts and prayers of all the members of the Franklin Police Department and all of the other agencies that participated in searching for Michael go out to the Doherty family in this time of great tragedy. We would also like to thank the residents who helped search, and those who provided support to all the personnel who worked tirelessly to find Michael.
Along with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit, an investigation into what happened to Michael will continue. Due to the ongoing nature of that investigation, no further details will be released at this time.
We ask that the Doherty’s privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time.