Jennifer Lee Martin
Jennifer, approximate photo date 1987 Age-progression to age 42 (approximate photo date 2017)
Missing since: 06/28/1987
Type of missing case: Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth: 01/14/1976 (44)
Age at time of disappearance: 11 years old
Height / Weight: 4'6, 49 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A grayish-purple sweatshirt dress, and no shoes.
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Jennifer has facial freckles, two small hairline scars on the underside of her chin, and a star-shaped scar on the inside of her upper right arm. She has several white bumps on her back and a "coffee stain" type birthmark on her right hip. Her ears are pierced.
Details at time of disappearance: Jennifer was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the Lemmon Valley area of Reno, Nevada on June 28, 1987. She bought candy and a soda a 7-11 convenience store on Lemmon Valley Drive and disappeared while walking away from the business towards her home on Surge Street, just a few hundred feet away.
Jennifer should have arrived home in less than five minutes, but she never did. When twenty minutes passed and she hadn't come back, her older brother went to the 7-11 to look for her, and couldn't find her. She has never been heard from again.
Authorities treated Jennifer's disappearance as a possible abduction from the onset of the investigation. A white pickup truck seen in the area at the time was eventually accounted for, but witnesses also saw a light-colored Toyota Corolla that was never identified. It's unclear whether the vehicle had anything to do with her disappearance.
Jennifer is described as an independent child who was capable of asserting herself around adults and wouldn't have willingly gone into a stranger's car. The Martin family had moved to Nevada from Clearwater, Florida ten months earlier, and Jennifer seemed to be settling in well. She had no history of running away from home, and she was cautious and always let her family know where she was.
No strong suspects have ever been identified in Jennifer's disappearance it remains unsolved. Her mother has kept the same phone number the family had in 1987, hoping Jennifer might call home someday.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
California Attorney General's Office
The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes
Child Quest International Inc.
The Reno Gazette-Journal
Nevada: Sandra Butler and Jennifer Martin | DARK MATTERS #42
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated December 1, 2018 age-progression and details of disappearance updated.