“My brother was a really warm, kind, caring and tender-hearted individual,” Rogers Franklin, of Baton Rouge, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, Jan. 29. “He was the type of guy that would have gone to the ends of the earth for a person in need and always had the best of intentions.”
The remains of his 35-year-old brother, Hansen Scobee Franklin, of Alexandria, were found in the woods near Gum Spring on November 23, 2013 and were recently identified by law enforcement.
John Grady, a local resident and hunter, stumbled across Hansen’s skeletal remains that morning and reported his discovery to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. For that, Franklin’s family is forever grateful.
“[He] did a great thing for our family,” Rogers said. “He helped bring my brother home.”
The brothers shared a common bond with one another. They both had a great appreciation for lesser-known films.
If Hansen came across a film, he would share it with Rogers by sending him a copy. Then the brothers would discuss the film’s merits after both had seen it.
“That was something that was always fun with him,” Rogers said.
In addition, Rogers said his older brother had always been interested in technology and computers and was an intellectually-driven person. In fact, at the time of his death, Hansen worked in computer security.
“He was one of those people that kind of marched to the beat of his own drummer,” Rogers said. “[But] in a really great and sort of refreshing and surprising way.”
Rogers added that his brother was an inquisitive, curious person and spent hours researching a topic that really had no benefit to him career-wise, but just because he was just interested in the subject.
He said his brother could pick up a physics textbook and thumb through it, then at the dinner table begin to explain something he had read in the book.
In asking where Hansen learned the information, he would explain that he had read it. Rogers said Hansen could have spent four hours reading that one textbook.
Hansen had a book with him during his final moments, as investigators discovered a weather-worn Bible.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 30 edition of The Central Virginian.