Francheska Sugel Martinez
Francheska, approximate photo date 2000 Age-progression to age 31 (approximate photo date 2018)
Missing since: 06/09/2000
Paterson, New Jersey
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 06/10/1987 (32)
Age at time of disappearance: 12 years old
Height / Weight: 4'5 - 4'7, 110 - 120 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A short blue denim miniskirt and a pink sleeveless blouse.
Other characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Francheska had braces on her teeth when she was last seen. Some agencies refer to her as Francheska Martinez-Gissat. She has a mole on her right breast and a discoloration on her left arm. Francheska is of Puerto Rican descent.
Details at time of disappearance: Francheska ran away from her Paterson, New Jersey home on June 9, 2000, the day before her thirteenth birthday. Her twin sister, Misheila, stated they were at 17th Avenue and east 22nd Street when Francheska said she was going to the store.
When the girls' stepfather came to the store a few minutes later, he found out Francheska had never arrived there. At 1:30 p.m., Francheska called home and spoke to Misheila, saying she was with friends at the Great Falls on the Passaic River in Paterson. She asked Misheila not to tell anyone, then hung up. She has never been heard from again.
Francheska told friends she was interested on attending the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, New York on June 11, but it's unclear whether she ever arrived there. Friends reported she was dating a 22-year-old man her family didn't know. If this was true, Francheska's boyfriend could have potentially faced serious legal consequences for statutory rape.
A few days after her disappearance, the clothes Francheska had been wearing on the day she vanished, untorn but minus the shoes, were found in a supermarket bag in the driveway outside her mother's house.
On July 22, six weeks after her twin sister disappeared, Misheila also vanished. She left a mother for her mother, reproaching her for not loving their stepfather and for alleged infidelity in her marriage the letter said she and Francheska were unhappy at home. The girls' mother says she was not having an affair with anyone at the time.
It's possible twins left of their own accord and may be traveling together, possibly in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn or the Bronx. There is also speculation that they were victims of human trafficking.
Another theory is the girls' stepfather, Hipolito Miguel Corniel, was involved. A few months after Francheska and Misheila disappeared, Corniel killed a young woman. He served a seventeen-year sentence for the crime and was released in 2017. The girls' brother believes one of his sisters was pregnant with Corniel's child in 2000, but there is no evidence to support this theory.
Misheila and Francheska's disappearances remain unsolved. Many agencies classify them as runaways.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Paterson Police Department
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
New Jersey State Police
The Cliffview Pilot
GINA for Missing Persons
El Nuevo Diario
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated March 17, 2019 picture added, details of disappearance updated.