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    NC - Martin Garza, 43, Wilmington, Jan 2008

    Smithfield Authorities are trying to determine if a truck found on a Johnston County car lot is connected to a missing-person case.

    Barry McConnell discovered a black GMC Denali when he arrived at his car lot near the intersection of Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 210 Tuesday morning. The truck had a window broken out, and its interior was covered with blood.

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    The truck belongs to Martin Garza, 43, from Wilmington, authorities said. He was last seen Monday at a Wal-Mart in the Wallace community in Duplin County.

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2345705/
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    That doesn't sound good. I hope he is found soon.

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    Exclamation NC-Search on for missing man, Martin Garza and two POI

    http://wral.com/news/local/story/2358218/
    Posted: Jan. 25 10:59 p.m.
    Updated: 33 minutes ago
    Smithfield The search for a missing person continued in Johnston County as authorities named two people of interest in the case.

    Authorities said Friday they believe Socrates Toboada Gomez, 26, and Wilmar Alexis-Cruz Alvarado, 22, were with Martin Garza, 43, of Wilmington, before he disappeared.
    Deputies from Duplin, Sampson and Johnston counties conducted a joint search for more than five hours Friday afternoon. The search spanned a stretch of Interstate 40 from U.S. Highway 117 to U.S. Highway 210 in Johnston County.
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    Garza was last seen Monday in Duplin County at a Wal-Mart in the Wallace area. Investigators believe the two persons of interest were also at the Wal-Mart on Monday.
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    Bloody truck found Tuesday morning.

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    No Word On Missing Man; Pair Sought

    http://www.dunndailyrecord.com/main....49&TM=43396.02

    Martin Garza, 42, owner of a construction business, was last seen at a Wal-Mart in Wallace with two men last Monday evening, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said. His black GMC Denali was found at Ron's Classic Cars the next morning by a car lot employee.

    The men, Socrates Taboada Gomez, 26, and Wilmer Alexis-Cruz Alvarado, 22, both of the Wilmington area, were believed to have been with Mr. Garza the night he disappeared.

    "We have reason to believe that they know some of the details of Martin Garza's disappearance," Sheriff Bizzell said. "We (also) have reason to believe this disappearance could possibly be drug related."


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    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/904368.html

    No one will speculate on Garza's status at this point, but Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell suggested officials are already fearing the worst.
    "We have reason to believe Martin Garza is in danger or it could possibly be worse than that," Bizzell said Friday night from Duplin County, where he was working with investigators. "It's not looking good."

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    Found deceased

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2451924/

    18 Feb 08

    A Wilmington man who blood-stained truck was left at a Johnston County car dealership last month was found slain in Pender County over the weekend.

    Martin Garza, 43, had been missing since Jan. 21, when he was seen at a Wal-Mart in the Wallace area. His black GMC Denali was found a day later at Ron's Custom Cars near Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 210 near Smithfield.

    The truck had a window broken out, and its interior was covered with blood.

    A passerby found Garza's body Saturday afternoon in tall grass off U.S. Highway 117 near Willard, said Capt. Jamie Ezzell, of the Pender County Sheriff's Office. Garza had been shot once in the head, Ezzell said.

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    Found deceased

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2451924/

    18 Feb 08

    A Wilmington man who blood-stained truck was left at a Johnston County car dealership last month was found slain in Pender County over the weekend.

    Martin Garza, 43, had been missing since Jan. 21, when he was seen at a Wal-Mart in the Wallace area. His black GMC Denali was found a day later at Ron's Custom Cars near Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 210 near Smithfield.

    The truck had a window broken out, and its interior was covered with blood.

    A passerby found Garza's body Saturday afternoon in tall grass off U.S. Highway 117 near Willard, said Capt. Jamie Ezzell, of the Pender County Sheriff's Office. Garza had been shot once in the head, Ezzell said.

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    Omgosh, how sad. Anyone local know how far Willard is from Wilmington?

    RIP, Martin. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


    Thanks for the update, Hoppy.



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