her close knit family was frantic to find her. nailah franklin had a thriving career, a handsome new boyfriend, and was building the life she had always dreamed of. then suddenly, there was silence, which was quite unlike her. a trail of clues led detectives to one of chicago's most exclusive neighborhoods. would those clues lead them to nailah? here's keith morrison with smoke and mirrors. >> it wasn't like this, you have to understand. it wasn't gray. it wasn't cold. no flecks of snow to drift and catch the bitter breeze. no, no, it was hot and it was late after midnight, september 27th, 2007. >> pretty secluded area next to a forest preserve. >> so it was. and it was clear and dark and still and vacant. here where the deep wood fought back against the decaying suburban sprawl, and then nothing was clear at all. i never cried this violent cry. >> you're experiencing everything but it's not true. >>> jur just waiting to wake up. >> it just feels like you're literally in a nightmare. >> yes, still does. the name you'll want to remember is nailah. >> the meaning was one who succeeds.
the earliest time. >> yes. nailah franklin was going somewhere. >> she was like my hero. i looked up to her. >> she was always just accepted you for who you were. it's almost like she glowed when she walked into a room. >> after college, nailah came home to chicago and began building a career eventually in pharmaceutical sales. at 28, she owned a condo in the heart of the city. >> i think everything she wanted to be she was. just as a theme fabulous. was the aspiration. and i think she definitely met that mark. >> but always number one really, she stayed in touch. never failed. call her, she'd call back right away. text her, she'd reply instantly. always. >> she managed to water all of her relationships. she would spend time with everyone. friends, family. >> that's a pretty special skill. >> yeah. to manage that and your career. >> there were men. of course there were. though she was, shall we say, discerning. >> the young men she dated were of a caliber that, you know, we expected of her. >> what sort of guys did she like? >> successful, nice, respectable men. >> professional men.
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