There were numerous suspicions confirmed after a major break in a decades-old cold case out of North Las Vegas leads to an arrest. Amy Fleming faces an open murder charge for the presumed death of her 3-year-old son, Francillon Pierre, who disappeared more than 30 years ago.
People across the Las Vegas valley, including the Las Vegas press, remember this case vividly.
8 News NOW Reporter Orko Manna spoke to a former journalist who believes some justice has now been served.
“I never thought that this would ever be resolved,” said Doug Bradford, a former Channel 8 reporter.
Bradford was a reporter for Channel 8 in the 1980s, and he covered nearly every angle of the Francillon Pierre case.
Through his reporting of the three-year-old’s disappearance in 19-86, Bradford did several interviews with Francillon’s mother, Amy Fleming, and her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Lee Luster.
“In the beginning, the family was very charming, very friendly and I think the media was ready to help, I think the police department was ready to help them out. But over time, things got to be a little bit suspicious,” Bradford said.
That includes Fleming and Luster saying they lost track of Francillon at the Broad Acres Swap Meet. North Las Vegas Police determined the boy was never there.
Bradford also discovered the couple was selling Francillon’s toys at a garage sale only a few weeks after he was reported missing.
“Is this something a grieving family would want to do,” Bradford asked?
What also raised some red flags were the lies Fleming and Luster told. Some of that dishonesty was laid out Monday in an affidavit released by North Las Vegas Police.
The document shows that when she talked about the days leading up to Francillon’s disappearance, “almost every part of Fleming’s statement describing the previous events were lies.”
Fleming also took a polygraph test, and her answers regarding the boy’s whereabouts were “determined to be deceptive,” according to the affidavit.
“I trusted them implicitly until I started feeling totally invaded by the, screaming in my face,” Bradford said.
Because of the scrutiny, they felt Fleming and Luster moved to Florida. Now, more than three decades later authorities there arrested Fleming on an open murder charge.
In a news conference Monday, North Las Vegas Police said jail letters between the pair gave them enough evidence to issue a warrant.
However, there’s still no sign of Francillon.
“You can see in the pictures that he had a great smile, he had a great personality,” said Bradford. “I just wish there was some kind of closure that his body could be found and then this case be put to rest.”
North Las Vegas police started looking at evidence in this case again in 2017 after someone applied for Francillion’s birth certificate to commit identity theft.
Amy Fleming will eventually be extradited to Nevada.