Mark Steven Martin
Missing From: Hazel Park, Michigan
Missing Since: August 31, 1981
Age: 2 -- Height: 2'0" -- Weight: 30 lbs -- Hair Color: Sandy -- Eye Color: Brown
Mark's nickname is Markie.
Mark and his mother Carolyn Martin were last seen on August 31, 1981. They reportedly were dropped off on the side of I-75, just north of Toledo, Ohio, by Mark's father.
Carolyn Martin's family and friends had gathered the afternoon of August 31, 1981, to help her pack for an abrupt move to San Antonio. Her fiance wanted to relocate there for a job at an auto shop. The two had recently gotten engaged after years of acrimony. Carolyn's ex had very little to do with either her or Mark before that point -- until a paternity suit ordered him to pay child support. The couple had reconciled and were looking forward to a new life together.
Carolyn stopped at her mother's Hazel Park home with Mark that evening to say goodbye. That was the last time the family saw her or Mark. Within an hour after they left the metropolitan Detroit area, Carolyn reportedly told her boyfriend she didn't want to go with him to Texas anymore. He then left her and Mark on the side of I-75 with a suitcase, $4,000 in cash and the clothes on their backs. No one has seen or heard from them since.
Their names, DOBs and Social Security numbers have never been used.
Madison Heights Police started looking into the case the following spring, after the family filed missing person reports. Foul play is suspected.