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Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking information about a youth who has been missing since April 5, 2010.

17-year-old Marco Martinez (he was 16 at the time he went missing), of 2656 McGregor Street in Lakeland, was last seen on Monday, April 5, 2010, after picking up his young niece from the bus stop near his home. When Marco’s family members got home later that day, Marco was gone.

Marco attended Kathleen High School and had a steady job. After April 5th, he did not show up for school or work. Marco has not been seen since.

Marco is described as 5’7” tall, 135 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has a star tattoo on one hand and three dots on the other hand.  His photo can be seen here.

Detectives consider Marco’s disappearance suspicious. The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Marco Martinez has been increased to $10,000.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Marco Martinez, they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6379 or 1.800.226.0344, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 7/29/2010