Where Is Ella Goodie? Louisiana Woman Disappeared After Giving Somebody A Ride
A Louisiana woman disappeared without a trace on March 9, 2022. Police now believe she may have been murdered.
It’s been almost a year since 33-year-old Ella Goodie picked up a passenger to drive from Louisiana to Texas, and no one has seen her since.
According to NBC News, Goodie had been working for a popular rideshare app to provide for her children, but she eventually started taking clients outside the app to make more money.
On March 8, 2022, Goodie left her Lafayette-area home after telling family and friends that she would be driving someone to Houston, Texas, the following day. Goodie’s two teenage children weren’t immediately concerned when their mom wasn’t right home, but Goodie’s brother filed a missing report when she was still missing on March 11.
According to reports, investigators spotted Goodie’s black 2012 Audi Q5 heading into Texas on traffic cameras before coming back into Louisiana approximately 12 hours later. A local news report claimed that Goodie’s vehicle was captured on traffic cameras north of Dallas on March 11, the same day she was reported missing.
The trip to Houston would have been about 200 miles west of Lafayette. Dallas is 200 miles north of Houston.
Police identified Brandon Jermaine Francisco as the person who last saw Goodie, and he was arrested on an outstanding, unrelated warrant in St. Joseph, Missouri, on March 25, 2022. One week later, Goodie’s vehicle was also found in St. Joseph.
On May 3, 2022, the Louisiana State Police Department posted an update on their Facebook page stating that they were transitioning the missing person’s case into a homicide investigation “based on investigative techniques and witness statements.”
Francisco, whose criminal history reportedly dates back 20 years, was extradited back to Louisiana where he was already facing charges for a 2018 shooting. In October 2022, he pleaded guilty to the charges stemming from that incident and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Almost two months after Goodie’s disappearance, authorities announced that the investigation had transitioned from a missing persons case into a homicide case. Goodie remains missing, and there are no new updates in the case.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Louisiana State Police Department at 318-484-2194 or the Scott Police Department at 337-233-3715.