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Case File 8DMIA

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Eugene Wade Martin
Missing since August 12, 1984 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: August 17, 1970
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0" (152 cm); 110 lbs (50 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Scar on his right knee and past fractured wrist
  • Clothing: Jeans and a gray and white-striped midriff t-shirt with red sleeves. Blue Trax shoes.
  • DNA: Available

  • Circumstances of Disappearance
    Martin was last seen between 05:30- 06:00, delivering newspapers in Des Moines, IA on August 12, 1984. His newspaper sack was found outside of Des Moines later that day with papers still inside, indicating that Martin never finished his route. He has never been seen again.

    Martin's disappearance came two years after John David Gosch vanished from the same vicinity under similar circumstances. and two years before Marc James-Warren Allen disappeared. Gosch was also delivering newspapers when he disappeared, although his disappearance took place in West Des Moines, Iowa in September of 1982.

    It has not been proved that these three cases are related in any way.

    If you have any information on Martin's whereabouts, please contact:
    Des Moines Police Department

    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse

    You can remain anonymous when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 8430464

    NCMEC #: NCMC601815

    NCIC Number: M-129642239
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    The Johnny Gosch Foundation

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