What Happened to Michael Hughes?

October 6, 2023

Michael Hughes was just two years old when his mother died in 1990 and he was placed in foster care. With no immediate blood relatives to care for him, his new parents Ernest and Merle Bean adored the little boy. The devout Baptists hoped to adopt him but the family's plan was shattered when Michael was kidnapped by Franklin Floyd in 1994.

On September 12, 1994, Michael was abducted by Floyd from his school at Indian Meridian Elementary in Choctaw, Oklahoma. He entered the principal's office and said he was his father before holding her at gunpoint, handcuffing her to a tree and fleeing with the child. The FBI was unable to find the 6-year-old, and his disappearance remained unsolved for decades until 2014 when Floyd confessed to killing him, as detailed in Girl in the Picture, a new true crime documentary on Netflix.

At the time of Michael's death, Sevakis was going by several aliases, including Sharon Marshall and Tonya Hughes. By 1989 she and her husband Clarence were living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a series of interviews with the police, Sharon/Tonya admitted to dating rapists and kidnapping children for ransom, but she claimed that Michael was her son.

At the time of his arrest, he denied knowing anything about the boy's disappearance and remained silent until 2014. He then told investigators where he had buried the body, but a search revealed no remains because wild hogs were known to frequent that area.

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