Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Police and investigators are still searching for Frank Goldberg, a Buffalo LGBT advocate who disappeared December 16.
Frank, 36, is described as a devoted activist who has supported many in the Buffalo area. On Friday evening, 100-plus community members showed support back at A Gathering for Frank, a meeting held at Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Elmwood, in which Frank's family shared updates on the progress of the search and information on how to help going forward.
Supporters at the gathering, which was held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., kept a positive attitude and made it clear that, if Frank left voluntarily, they love her and want her to come home. Crisis counselors attended, as well.
Frank was last seen leaving her brother's home on Buffalo's West Side on Monday, Dec. 16 around 6:30 p.m. Frank, who grew up in the Southtowns, has since moved to Portland, Ore., and was visiting Buffalo for the holidays. Relatives have said that Frank was in a hard place, emotionally, upon her visit.
Harmony, Frank's sister, said she doesn't suspect any foul play in Frank's disappearance. She is, however, deeply worried for her safety.
"We think anything could have happened," Harmony said. "She was in a hard place, but she's a survivor and she's fought through stuff before in a hard place, so this is really unlike her."
Frank is described as 5' 5" and 150 pounds with short, graying blonde hair. When she disappeared, she was wearing a green canvas coat and black-rimmed glasses. A Facebook page dedicated to her search, called "Help Find Frank Goldberg," states that, before Frank disappeared, she took her wallet, which contained her identification and cash, but did not take her cell phone.
The page, which has more than 3,110 likes, gives an update at least once per day on the progress of the search.
On Sunday, a search party covered the Allentown and West Side areas. The Facebook page is asking for volunteers to drive around town with "missing" flyers to attempt to track down where Frank is.
"Of course we fear the worst, but we're hoping for the best," Harmony said. "And the main thing we want is for her to know that there's just endless love out there, and I think the search efforts have rally sown not just our family, but this community really loves Frank."
Anyone with leads on Frank's location can call 716-863-6906 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.