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3433DFMO - Ashley Renee Martinez

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Name: Ashley Renee Martinez
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 6, 2004
Location Last Seen: Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri

Physical Description

Date of Birth: January 24, 1989
Age: 15 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Hair Color: Sandy Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She has a scar on her left arm and pierced tongue, navel and ears. She took medication for bi-polar disorder.


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Denim shorts, a black top, white Reebok tennis shoes and a black bikini with red cherries on it underneath her clothing.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

On July 6, 2004, around noon, her mother dropped her off at Krug Pool with her 13-year-old brother. When she returned for her children after a few hours, her son was waiting for her, but Ashley was nowhere to be found.

After being dropped off that day, Martinez reportedly got into a car with convicted felon Christopher Hart, then 32, who reportedly promised to take Martinez to California. Hart and Martinez had met in the neighborhood where they both lived. They may be traveling in a gray 1995 Pontiac Bonneville with Missouri license plates 377MPY.

Days after Martinez disappeared, Hart was arrested in a purse-snatching investigation in Olympia, MO but used a phony name and was released. Nearly two months later, after Hart failed to show up in court, he was arrested on a warrant. Martinez wasn't with him either time.

Hart exhibited bizarre and unorthodox behavior while in jail and was sent to Western State Hospital for a mental evaluation prior to his arraignment in court. St. Joseph Police Department said authorities have made several attempts to speak with Hart, who remains incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections on a conviction for second-degree assault. Although he was reportedly the last person seen with Martinez, he refuses to speak about her or the location of the car. Martinez may still be in the local area, or may have traveled to Nebraska or Washington.

Martinez's mother does not believe Ashley would stay out of contact with family and friends. No arrest has been made in Martinez's disappearance and Hart remains a person of interest.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Saint Joseph Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Sergeant J. Strong
Agency Phone Number: (816)- 271-4747
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: S0082294

NCIC Case Number: M874158505
NamUs Case Number: 6356

Information Source(s)

Polly Klaas Foundation
North American Missing Persons Network
News-Press Now
The Kansas City Star
CUE Center for Missing Persons

Admin Notes

Added: 3/13/2015; Last Updated: 4/29/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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