Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Ashley Martinez now missing 2 years, Saint Joseph, Missouri

Ashley's story, like many others, comes to you from The Charley Project (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/martinez_ashley.html). Before you write her off as "just another runaway", please read:

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 6, 2004 from Saint Joseph, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Runaway
Date Of Birth: January 24, 1989
Age: 15 years old
Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'5, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Sandy blonde hair, blue eyes.
Martinez has a scar on her left wrist. Her tongue, ears and navel are all pierced.
Clothing Description: Blue jean shorts, a black top, a black bikini printed with red cherries under her other clothing, and white Reebok sneakers with red accents.
Medical Conditions: Martinez suffers from bipolar disorder
and is supposed to take medication. She left her medicine behind when she vanished. Martinez may have violent mood swings and exhibit impulsive, risky behavior when she is not taking her medication as directed; she could be a danger to herself and others.

Details of Disappearance
Martinez was last seen at 12:00 p.m. on July 6, 2004, when she was dropped off at the Krug Pool in the vicinity of St. Joseph Avenue and Krug Park in Saint Joseph,
Missouri with her younger brother. When her mother came to get them later, only
the brother was waiting; Martinez had disappeared.
Subsequent investigation showed that Martinez had planned to run away to California with Christopher M. Hart, a 32-year-old living close to her home. He was on parole for second-degree assault and has also been convicted of drug possession, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. He and Martinez were going to go to California.
Eleven days after Martinez's disappearance, Hart was arrested in Olympia, Washington for purse-snatching. He gave the Washington officials a false name and as a result they did not know he was wanted in Missouri, so he was released. On
September 7, two months after Martinez's disappearance, Hart was arrested again
after Washington police discovered his true identity and the charges against him
in Missouri. He had been staying with a cousin in the Olympia area.
Washington investigators found no sign of Martinez, or the stolen gray 1995
Pontiac Bonneville with Missouri license plates numbered 377MPY, which she and
Hart had allegedly been traveling in. Hart's cousin said he had not seen
Martinez or ever heard Hart mention her. Hart, who remains in custody, has
refused to divulge any information whatsoever on Martinez's whereabouts. He
began acting bizarrely while in jail and was sent to the state mental hospital
for a psychiatric evaluation.
Martinez may still be in the local area or she may be in the Kansas City, Missouri area. There is no evidence that she ever arrived in Washington. When she disappeared, she left behind all her personal belongings, including her medication. She has a history of running away from home, but has never left the state and had never been gone this long. Her case remains unsolved and is still classified as a runaway.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Saint Joseph Police Department

You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Ashley's website: http://www.findashleymartinez.com/
Guestbook for messages to Ashley's family: http://findashleymartinez.com/comments50
You can print a poster of Ashley here.
Ashley is also one of several people included in Project Jason's Adopt a Missing Person program. For more information on how you can "adopt" Ashley or someone else, visit http://www.projectjason.org/adopt.html.

There are more photos of Ashley at her website or on The Charley Project, so please check them out if you think she looks even slightly familiar.

1 comment:

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