Video: Foul play suspected in disappearance

updated 9/22/2007 8:49:35 PM ET 2007-09-23T00:49:35

Chicago area police have stepped up their search for a missing Eli Lilly & Co. sales representative after finding her car near an abandoned building in Hammond, Ind.

Nailah Franklin was last heard from Tuesday, when she sent an uncharacteristically vague text message to friends and family saying that she was having dinner and that she'd call later. She never called.

When Franklin didn't turn up for an important meeting Wednesday morning with her boss at Lilly, co-workers at the Indianapolis-based drug company called her family, and the family called police.

Franklin's sales territory covered Chicago's suburbs.

Last week, Franklin filed a police report about threatening phone calls she'd received, but she declined to file an order of protection against the alleged offender, a man she'd once dated.

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