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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014

    AR - Dwayne Martin, 23, North Little Rock, 11 December 1987

    After almost 30 years, investigators have reopened the case of Dwayne Martin. He disappeared in December of 1987; his mom last saw him when he was leaving to work at a diner. Foul play is suspected and his disappearance is being investigated as a homicide.


    NLRPD reopens 29-year-old cold case

    After more than 25 years of dormancy, the case of a missing North Little Rock man is being reopened by police, this time as a homicide.

    In 1987, then 23-year-old Dwayne Martin disappeared after telling his mom he was going to work.

    She hasn't seen or heard from him since.
    “He was among friends, or among people he thought to be his friends,” she said recalling the events preceding her son’s disappearance.

    “It still hurts just as bad today as it did then.”

    At the time, police traced Martin's last location to the Shorter Garden Apartment complex in North Little Rock. They say he went there after cashing a $148 paycheck in Sherwood.
    “When I first looked at this case I was like how nice would it be provide information to this mom, who for 30 years has not known what happened to her son,” Dedrick said.

    “Somebody still cares,” she said. “It wasn't in vain. We still are looking, we still are seeking, we still are searching and we're going to close this.”

  2. #2
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    Oct 2014
    Some more information on his disappearance.


    Martin left Rob's Place about 10 p.m. Dec. 11, 1987, with an unknown person and has not been seen since, according to police. His mother, Brenda Brown, reported him missing days later.

    Dedrick said Martin had been to Rob's Place twice that day: once in the morning to pick up his paycheck and later in the day to work a shift.

    Police received reports that Martin was last seen in the area of the Shorter Gardens apartment complex at 800 N. Beech St. in North Little Rock. Martin's listed home address was 319 Elm St. in North Little Rock, about 1 mile southeast of the complex.

    Dedrick said authorities at that time received unsubstantiated witness information that crack cocaine could have been a factor in Martin's disappearance, with one witness telling police that Martin had been given crack cocaine at that address.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2014
    Charley Project

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    • Missing Since: December 11, 1987 from North Little Rock, Arkansas
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Age: 23 years old
    • Height and Weight: 5'8, 125 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Martin's nickname is Duke.

    Details of Disappearance
    Martin left Rob's Place, the diner where he worked in Sherwood, Arkansas, with an unidentified individual at 10:00 p.m. on December 11, 1987. He'd visited the business twice that day, first to pick up his $148 paycheck (which he subsequently cashed) and then to work his shift. Later he was reportedly seen at the Shorter Gardens apartment complex in the 800 block of north Beech Street in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He has never been heard from again.

    Martin had been discharged from the Marine Corps shortly before his disappearance, and lived in the 300 block of Elm Street, about a mile east of Shorter Gardens. Authorities think his case could be drug-related; there were reports that he used crack cocaine. Little information is available in his case, but it's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning and his disappearance is being investigated as a possible homicide.

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