Right: Progressed to age 25 years (circa 2005)
Joseph Patrick Martin
Missing since March 25, 1996 from Kerhonkson, Ulster County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Martin was last seen at 22.40, in Kerhonkson, New York on March 25, 1996. He left home to join friends to watch a comet a short distance away. He never arrived to meet them and was not discovered missing until the next morning. He hasn't been heard from since.
In 2008 Alexander Barsky admitted in Ulster County Court that he was involved in the bludgeoning death of Martin. Daniel Malak who initiated the March 25, 1996, attack that ultimately killed Martin, is in state prison on an unrelated murder conviction, and has not been charged in Martin's death.
Three boys went to a makeshift cabin in the woods, drank beer and smoked pot. Malak put Martin on his knees and struck him in the head with a pipe three times. Barsky and Malak put Martin's body in a wheelbarrow and dumped his body in the woods.
In 2002 Barsky collected Martin's bones in small trash bags. He took them back to New York City and threw them in trash cans.
Investigators New York State Police - Ellenville, New York
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New York State Police - Ellenville, New York
NCMEC Number: NCMC816833
NCIC Number: M-915205857 Source Information:
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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Child Protection Education of America, Inc.
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