MP of the week: Maria Martinez

This week’s featured missing person is 17-year-old Maria De Los Angeles Martinez, who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on October 13, 1990. Her disappearance is similar to the 1974 disappearance of Margaret Fox: Maria advertised her babysitting services on the radio, a guy hired her for a job, and she went with him and was never seen again.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to learn much more about Maria’s disappearance. I’ve heard that her family was undocumented, which may explain why there was little news about her case. Of course, looking in the news for a particular person named “Maria Martinez”, particularly in Arizona, is like the proverbial needle in a haystack.

She would be 46 if she was still alive today. But I think she’s still 17.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: Maria Martinez

  1. Vincent August 21, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Hmmm. Interesting that Mr. Haronian — of Iranian descent — is identified as Caucasian, whereas other missing persons of Iranian descent listed on CharleyProject are identified as Asian. Mr. Haronian certainly looks Caucasian — at least more Caucasian than Asian — and the Iranian People speak an Indo-European language.

    I think the listing is correct. If we absolutely HAVE to choose between either Asian or Caucasian, I think people from Iran should be identified as Caucasian. Geographically, it probably makes more sense to call them Asian, but linguistically and genetically they’re closer to being whiteys.

    • Meaghan August 21, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      I had him listed as Caucasian because CDOJ says he was Caucasian.

      I know he was born in Iran but his surname is Armenian. There is an Armenian community in Iran that goes back over a thousand years.

      • Vincent August 21, 2019 / 5:26 pm

        Cool. Very interesting.

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