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    NY - Joseph Martin, 15, Samsonville, 25 March 1996

    Missing Since: March 25, 1996 from Kerhankson, New York
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: November 12, 1980
    Age: 15 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'2, 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, hazel eyes. Martin's left ear is double-pierced. His two upper eye teeth cross over each other. Martin had a slim, muscular build at the time of his 1996 disappearance and was a track runner. His nickname is Joey. His head was shaved at the time of his disappearance, except for his ponytail.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green and blue flannel shirt, a hooded green sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark-colored sneakers.

    Details of Disappearance

    Martin was last seen departing from his family's residence on Samsonville Road in Kerhankson, New York at 10:40 p.m. on March 25, 1996. His brother said Martin climbed out of a window in his bedroom. He planned to meet two friends at the Schwabbie Turnpike, less than one mile from their home, to watch the Hyakutake comet. His friends waited for him at the site, but they left after he failed to arrive by midnight. Martin was reported as a missing person during the following morning. He has never been heard from again.

    Authorities received unconfirmed sightings of Martin in the New Paltz, New York area in 1999. Dan Malak, one of the friends Martin was scheduled to meet on the night of his 1996 disappearance, was imprisoned sometime afterwards on murder charges. Investigators said that the incident was unrelated to Martin's case and they did not believe Malak was involved with his disappearance.

    Martin's case may be classified as that of an Endangered Runaway. He was a student at Rondout Valley High School in 1996. Martin enjoys skateboarding. His case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Police
    Troop F
    Ellenville Stattion

    Charley Project

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    Jan 2008
    Wenonah, NJ

    "police won't say whether the body was recovered"

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    South Texas

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    I know nothing - just throwing ideas around

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    From September 2010:


    "We felt that Barsky would be the person to talk first," said O'Dell. "So we interviewed him, and that led to a polygraph test and we had some problems with his results. We continued to interview him and eventually he confessed to being there when Martin was murdered"...

    "Barsky told us that Malak hit Martin with a steel pipe," said Stan O'Dell. "He took us to the location where the body had been hidden and our forensic people went in. They literally had to sift through the dirt." The reason for that was that six years after the killing of Martin, Barsky dug up the skeletal remains, took them to New York City and disposed of them in a dumpster. They have never been found.

    "Barsky didn't get everything," said Tobin. "Hidden in the dirt was the tooth and a fragment from the jawbone. Doctor Michael Warren of the University of Florida, a Forensic Anthropologist, determined that the fragments of bones were from a human aged between 14 and 16. The fragment of the jawbone was fractured, and in his opinion it was caused by a lateral blow struck with great force. This was consistent with Barsky's testimony that Martin was hit on the head at least twice with a metal pipe."
    From November 2010:


    Twice-convicted killer Daniel L. Malak will serve 15 years to life in prison for the 1996 bludgeoning death of teenager Joseph Martin.

    Visiting Judge Paul Czajka sentenced Malak, 30, on Friday in Ulster County Court. Malak was convicted of second-degree murder in the case -- which went unsolved for 12 years -- after a four-day trial in September...

    Because of his age at the time of the killing, Barsky was sentenced to just 3-1/3 to 10 years in state prison. He will be eligible for parole in May.

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