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    FL - Marco Martinez, 16, Lakeland, 5 April 2010

    Help Sought in Finding Missing Lakeland Teen

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Marco Martinez of 2656 McGregor St. in Lakeland.

    He was last seen on Monday in the area of McGregor Street. He attends Kathleen High School but has not been to school at all this week.

    Marco is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, and has two spider web tattoos – one on each hand.

    The sheriff's office is concerned for his safety because he has not contacted friends or family, or used his cell phone, all week.

    Anyone who has seen Marco Martinez is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-534-6200 or 1-800-226-0344.

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...Lakeland-Teen#
    Last edited by ChanzesMimi; 04-10-2010 at 12:50 AM. Reason: ETA news link

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    Still missing -

    Teen's Disappearance Baffles Family, Officials

    LAKELAND | It rarely happens: A child just disappears, seemingly vanishing into thin air, leaving detectives baffled as to why.

    Marco Martinez, however, is the rare exception.

    The 16-year-old junior at Kathleen High School disappeared from his West Lakeland neighborhood April 5.

    Nobody, at least nobody who is talking so far, has any idea of what happened to him.

    "He just vanished," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday.

    More at http://www.theledger.com/article/201...410?p=1&tc=pg#

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    This is just so strange. I wonder if the backyard was fenced? Probably not. Wish we had locals from the neighborhood here to describe the scene.
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    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...ed=0CBMQ8gEwAA
    Neighborhood view from above - you can get in closer. May have to pull map down and to the left to see the red marker.
    and
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...ed=0CBMQ8gEwAA
    For Street view of McGregor and McIntosh, click on where it says more, then click on street view. Rotates 360 degrees so you can see the neighborhood. Click on the arrows to go forward or backward. Most of them appear to be fenced. In somewhat a rural area.

    I went over to check out which trailer it is. It is a trailor park. It is the one on the corner with the ladder leaning against it. There is a red SUV and a truck in the carport. There is a fence all the way around the property. They have a large brown dog. The mother was outside when I was driving by so I stopped and talked to her and told her about this site. Another son was there as well. He told me they do not have internet access, but he did take the name of the site and he may be on in the future. The son has not come home yet. He is still missing. Depending on what time of day and on what day he went missing, I am very surprised no one saw anything. There were people outside all over the neighborhood. I would think if this is usual, someone should have noticed something.

    Other than the 2 stories in the news, I have not seen much additional information on this case.

    ANewDay, this information was for you as you requested a local. If I hear more, I will let you know.
    Last edited by Susan1; 05-15-2010 at 09:07 PM.

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    Thank you so much Susan1. This is just so sad an strange. Marco sounds like a kid with so much promise.

    The description of his niece left alone in tears was very vivid to me. Haunting.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to the family. You rock, but I already knew that.
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    Still missing. No new news
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    Investigators raise reward to $10,000 in missing Lakeland teen's disappearance

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_polk/investigators-raise-reward-to-$10,000-in-missing-lakeland-teen's-disappearance

    Mother prays for safe return of son

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    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - The reward for information in a missing Lakeland teen's disappearance has increased to $10,000.

    Marco Martinez, now 17, was last seen on April 5 after picking up his 3-year-old niece from the bus stop near his McGregor Street home.
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    Alma also said that her family received a message from the last person who supposedly saw Marco alive, a minor we won't name.

    They told us, "You'll never see your son again because he's in the ground."

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    That kid should be questioned until he says something. If he knows where Marco is, he could submit an anonymous tip and at least let the family have him back.
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    http://www.theledger.com/article/20100729/NEWS/7295081

    $10,000 Offered to Find Lakeland Teen Marco Martinez
    Polk investigators out of leads in search; mother pleads, "If someone knows something, tell someone."

    .............

    "Martinez is still considered a missing person, but Judd has assigned homicide detectives to the case, in part because of the disappearance's suspicious nature."

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    Why is this child listed as Run away on the NCMEC site? The reports are that the sherriff does not think he's a run away, they have homocide detectives on the case!

    Geeze!
    All of the above is just my relaxed coastal Carolina opinion.
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    Bumping for Marco !!
    All of the above is just my relaxed coastal Carolina opinion.
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    Grady Judd: $10,000 for information on missing teen

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story...storyid=143075

    Melanie Brooks 15 hrs ago

    Winter Haven, Florida - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has seen a lot of crime during his years in law enforcement.

    This case, in particular, he says is heartbreaking.

    "You just don't see teenagers vanish. It's very rare," the Sheriff says.

    The Sheriff admits it tears him apart when he talks about the case of a missing Polk County teenager named Marco Martinez.

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    I haven't seen this article. If mom's account is true, there is NO reason Marco should have been considered a runaway for so long.

    Alma's living room table is crowded with candles that sit before a picture of the Virgin Mary, and right beneath it there's a picture of her teenage son. She said she prays at night for peace, strength and the safe return of her son, who she said Polk County detectives initially suspected ran away.

    Alma said she never understood that theory because her son left $400 cash in his bedroom, tip money from his job and he hadn't even cashed his recent check. But that isn't the only thing that makes this case more suspicious.

    On the afternoon of April 5th, Marco picked up his three-year-old niece from the school bus stop as he always did. Only it seems Marco and his niece never made it inside the house. When Marco's 13-year-old brother got home from school, the toddler was on the front porch frantic and crying and Marco's keys were still in the door.

    Alma said, "When I got home, as a mother I knew something was terribly wrong. Someone came to my home and took my son." She said the little girl trembled for days after Marco went missing everytime they opened the front door. Alma told ABC Action News, "Everytime we asked her if she'd go outside she would tremble again and start to cry as if she saw something horrible.

    Alma also said that her family received a message from the last person who supposedly saw Marco alive, a minor we won't name.

    They told us, "You'll never see your son again because he's in the ground." ABC Action News attempted to talk with officials about this information but they declined our requests for interviews.


    http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/new...or-two-months-

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    Marco is very young to have tatt's.

    I wonder if his tattoo's signified any relationship with a gang?

    I'm just curious. I hope he is found soon and safely. Bless his Mother's heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Marco is very young to have tatt's.

    I wonder if his tattoo's signified any relationship with a gang?

    I'm just curious. I hope he is found soon and safely. Bless his Mother's heart.
    I didn't notice any mention of a tattoo, until I just looked at the NCMEC poster.
    It says a tat on the arm. Maybe a homemade one?
    Although he is 17 yrs old, I don't know if FL has any laws about having to be over the age of 18 to get a tat.
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