"When I saw a suitcase sitting there so exposed, I knew this wasn't normal," Franco said through a translator. He notified police. When they opened the suitcase, they found Sandra Cantu's body.
The 8-year old girl had vanished 10 days earlier. Five days after Franco discovered the suitcase, police arrested Melissa Huckaby, a Sunday school teacher and an acquaintance of the Cantu family. Huckaby has been charged with kidnapping, rape, and murder.
Shortly after Cantu's disappearance, the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, a non-profit group that works to find missing persons, put up a $5,000 reward. It later grew to more than $20,000 through private donations.
Franco is expected to receive a check later this month, and says he will use the reward money to help put his kids through college.