Real Name: Unknown at time of broadcast
Nicknames: Suzanne Davis, Sharon Marshall, Sharon Hughes, Tonya Dawn Hughes
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: April 25, 1990
Details: "Suzanne Davis" was a woman whose true identity remains a mystery. She was the mother of six-year-old Michael Hughes. After her death in 1990, he lived with foster parents Merle and Ernest Bean. On September 12, 1994, Franklin Delano Floyd, a man claiming to be Michael's father, entered Indian Meridian Elementary School in Oklahoma City and went to the office of principal James Davis. He pulled out a gun and forced James to take him to Michael's classroom. He then forced both of them into James's pickup truck and ordered him to drive out into the country. In a wooded area, he handcuffed James to a tree and fled with Michael. Five hours later, James was rescued, but for the next two months, there was no sign of Franklin Floyd or Michael. Finally, in November, Floyd was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky. However, Michael was nowhere to be found.
As police delved into the case, they made several disturbing discoveries. In 1975, Floyd, then thirty-two, turned up in Oklahoma City. He was going by the name "Trenton B. Davis" and had a young girl with him. He claimed that she was his daughter, Suzanne. Over the next decade, Floyd and Suzanne moved from town-to-town, using a variety of aliases. In 1988, Suzanne, then seventeen, gave birth to her son, Michael Hughes. Incredibly, Floyd claimed to be the boy's father. Even more incredibly, he then married Suzanne, the woman he claimed was his daughter.
On April 25, 1990, when Michael was two, Suzanne was injured in a suspicious hit-and-run accident which took place outside of the hotel where she was staying. She died five days later. The prime suspect was Floyd, although he was never charged. Floyd vanished soon after her death, leaving Michael in foster care. His foster parents remembered that he had many developmental problems. He had limited muscle control and was non-verbal and often hysterical. His foster parents claim that Michael was considered at the age of two to be the mental equivalent of a nine-month-old child. While in foster care, however, he made great developmental progress.
Six months after abandoning Michael, Floyd was arrested on a parole violation. A routine blood test led to a somewhat surprising discovery: Floyd was not Michael's biological father. After being released from prison, Floyd requested that custody of Michael be returned to him. His request was denied. Six months later, he abducted Michael from his first-grade classroom. Floyd is currently serving a fifty-two-year sentence for the kidnapping. He has refused to divulge the child's whereabouts, but claims that he is alive and safe.
Investigators tried to look further into Michael's mother Suzanne's background. They were disturbed to discover that Suzanne was not Floyd's biological daughter either; in fact, they believe that she was abducted by him as well. Suzanne was most likely abducted by him between 1973 and 1975, but no one knows where she came from or what her true identity is. Over the years, she lived in Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, and Arizona.
Suspects: Franklin Delano Floyd is suspected of kidnapping Suzanne when she was a child. He is also suspected of causing her death in a "mysterious hit-and-run accident". However, he has never been charged in her death.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the December 15, 1995 episode. Kevin Ogle of KFOR-TV helped to present the case.
Writer Matt Birkbeck wrote a book called A Beautiful Child based on Sharon's life. Sharon and Michael's cases was documented on 20/20. Sharon and Michael's cases was also referenced on an episode of Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case, which focused mainly on the solving the murder of Cheryl Comesso.
Results: Unresolved. In 1997, Floyd was charged in the 1989 murder of eighteen-year-old Cheryl Commesso, a co-worker of Suzanne's. Her skeletal remains were found off Interstate 275 in Pinellas County, Florida. She had been beaten and shot to death. It was discovered that she had vanished shortly after getting into an altercation with Floyd. The couple had fled shortly after Cheryl's disappearance. In March 1995, photographs were found in a truck that had previously belonged to Floyd. The photographs showed Cheryl, bound and severely beaten. In 2002, Floyd was convicted and sentenced to death for Cheryl's murder. He is now awaiting execution.
In May 2014, FBI agents re-interviewed Floyd and he finally gave information about "Suzanne" which led to her being identified as Suzanne Marie Sevakis, born September 6, 1969. DNA testing confirmed this. Floyd, then going by the name "Brandon Cleo Williams" had married Suzanne's mother Sandi Brandenburg in 1973; at the time, she had a son and three daughters (including Suzanne) from a previous relationship. In 1975, she was arrested and sentenced to thirty days in jail. During the time she was in jail, Floyd abducted the four children. Suzanne's mother was unable to file a missing persons report because Floyd was their stepfather. Suzanne's two sisters were later discovered safe at a local social services office. However, Floyd, Suzanne, and her infant brother Phillip could not be found.
Sadly, Michael has never been found. However, in September 2014, Floyd confessed to killing Michael on the day of his abduction. He claimed that he disposed of the boy's body on Interstate 35. A search of the area yielded no results. Police suspect that wild hogs may have eaten Michael's remains. Despite the lack of a body, his foster parents have stated that the confession has given them some closure.
In 2019, a man named Phillip Steve Patterson came forward, believing that he is Suzanne's missing infant brother, Phillip Brandenburg. His adoptive mother knew Sandi Brandenburg and claimed that she adopted Phillip through Sandi and Floyd. She also claimed that his name at birth was "Phillip Steven Brandenburg". In 2020, DNA testing confirmed that he is Suzanne's brother Phillip.
- "Suzanne Davis" on Unsolved Archive
- "Suzanne Davis" on the Doe Network
- Suzanne's brother Phillip on the Doe Network
- "Suzanne Davis" on the Unidentified Wikia
- Suzanne Davis / Sharon Marshall Kidnapping Case Solved: Suzanne Sevakis
- Boy, Convict Sought After School Abduction - September 13, 1994
- Gunman abducts son of former live-in lover - September 16, 1994
- FBI hunts for boy in Atlanta - November 13, 1994
- Foster family pleads for boy's return - November 17, 1994
- Foster parents of missing boy say he was like a son - November 17, 1994
- Mystery shrouds life and death of boy's mother - November 19, 1994
- From Jail, Alleged Kidnapper Says Boy Safe in Foreign Land - January 5, 1995
- Floyd Like Father to Boy's Mother, Woman Testifies - April 8, 1995
- Judge Finds Floyd Guilty in Kidnapping - April 11, 1995
- United States vs. Floyd - April 18, 1996
- Police think woman may hold key to slayings - March 27, 1998
- Floyd vs. State - October 12, 2005
- 'Crucial Evidence' in Murder Case is Stolen - December 22, 2007
- Solving a Decades-Old Mystery - August 3, 2015
- Finally - Blog by Author Matt Birkbeck - October 3, 2014
- After 20 years of lies, kidnapper admits killing Oklahoma boy - April 12, 2016
- Cold case solved: Man confesses to killing missing Oklahoma boy more than 20 years ago - April 12, 2016
- N.C. Man Waits for DNA Results Putting Him in Wake of Death Row Killer - April 11, 2019
- 'A Beautiful Child' - Suzanne's Lost Infant Brother Found
- Franklin Delano Floyd Inmate Information
- Suzanne Sevakis on Find a Grave
- Franklin Delano Floyd on Murderpedia