Martinez, approximately 2016; Martinez's sleeve tattoo
Date reported missing : 09/02/2016
Missing location (approx) :
La Mesa, California
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/25/1993 (28)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 180 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Martinez has the following tattoos: lips on his neck, a teardrop on his left cheek by his eye, and a sleeve tattoo of stars, a heart with a banner, swirls and the word "Cuervo" covering his arm and hand. A photo of Martinez's sleeve tattoo is posted with this case summary. His left eyebrow, left lower lip and the left side of his nose are pierced. He may use the alias names Gabriel Hurtado, Gabriel Martinez-Hurtado and/or Javier Martinez.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Martinez was last seen after he was released from the hospital in La Mesa, California on September 2, 2016. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
La Mesa Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. November 25, 2017; DOB : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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