This is a rush transcript from "The Big Story With John Gibson and Heather Nauert," February 21, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
HEATHER NAUERT, CO-HOST: And now: We're on to a Developing Story out of Seattle. A missing father, or a young father rather, is missing, and his family says that he did not disappear on his own. Twenty-eight-year-old Nicholas Francisco, a married father of two children, who's expecting a third was last seen one week ago leaving his office. And he had planned to stop at Costco to run an errand for his wife before coming home but he never did. Friends of Nicholas have just posted an online plea for anyone with information in the case to come forward. The link has received hundreds of hits already.
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ANNOUNCER: Nicholas Francisco is missing. He is a 28-year-old husband and father of two. Nicholas left work at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13th in Seattle and never made it home. His car was found abandoned the morning of Monday, February 18th in Federal Way, 30 miles south of Seattle. If you've seen Nicholas or know someone who has, please call 911. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to Nicholas' whereabouts. Please, help bring Nicholas home safe and sound.
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GIBSON: Now nothing inside his car that was found indicated foul play but both police and Francisco's family do fear that foul play is involved.
With us now, "America's Most Wanted" correspondent, Jon Leiberman; and Christine Francisco, Nicholas' very concerned wife.
If I can go to Christine first, Christine, just bring us up to date on the latest that you know in this search.
CHRISTINE FRANCISCO, NICHOLAS' WIFE: There isn't anything new other than that his car was found Monday. And that's so frustrating, more than I can express how frustrating that is.
GIBSON: Can you tell us where the car was found, and why you think it was there?
C. FRANCISCO: The car was found at some condominiums in Federal Way, and I have no idea why it's there. It should not be there. My husband has no reason to be there. His car has no reason to be there.
GIBSON: Jon Leiberman, as you heard, you know, this is a young father vanishing. People are suspecting foul play. In your view, is there reason to suspect foul play?
JON LEIBERMAN, "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED": Well, you know, our thoughts and prayers are with Christine and her family. Of course, and we've done a lot of cases with the King County Sheriff's Department. And today, when we spoke to investigators and they've said, look, it looks like this guy just vanished into thin air. That just doesn't happen. What is pointing to foul is this: At this point, police are looking through Nicholas' financial records, but they can't find anything. Normally, when you look through somebody's records you will find some debts being owed or you'll find that this guy had enemies. At this point, police haven't found anything to either point toward foul play or toward him just going away, except for the fact that he is a good family man, good guy, no known enemies. This is a mystery.
NAUERT: Christine, what about that? Is there anything suspicious or anything that's come to your mind that would give police a clue where to look, who to talk to, anything?
C. FRANCISCO: No. Nobody would hate him. If you met him, you'd loved him. And that's just how it's always been. That's why there are so many people looking for him. That's why we're all so concerned, because he's not a coward. He would not run out on us. He loved us — loves us, and he's very excited about this baby and he would have no reason to leave. So...
NAUERT: Jon, where do cops go from here if they don't have a clue and Christine says nothing was really unusual?
LEIBERMAN: Yes, here's what's going on right now. They look at the cellphone, the cellphone has been turned off or it's gone dead. They're still going through that car that they've found at the condo complex to see if there's just any forensics that look like anything. There's nothing. The main thing they're doing now though and they have a lot of detectives on this, is going through tips from the public. They do believe there were two positive sightings of Nicholas on that Wednesday night. One was at a gas station, another at a convenience store. These are all things police are following up and on, looking for any surveillance tape so that they can confirm that he was OK, so, they can make a time line.
NAUERT: OK. Jonathan Leiberman, we'll have to leave it there. And Christine Francisco, thank you so much for joining us. And we wish you the best of luck. Please keep us up to date on how things are going for the search. Take care.
C. FRANCISCO: I will. Thank you.
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