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Morgan Martin
Morgan Martin
Age 17
Race Hispanic/White
Sex Female
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Disappeared July 25, 2012
Missing for 7 years
Height 5'2
Weight 175 pounds
Classification Suspected homicide
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Morgan Keyanna Martin was a teenager who went missing in 2012. Foul play is suspected in her case and her boyfriend was later indicted for her murder. She was pregnant with a girl when she disappeared.

Characteristics

  • Dog bite scar on chin/left side of her lip
  • Pierced ears
  • Tattoo on her right hip of the words "Hispano Raza"
  • She was four months pregnant with a girl at the time of her disappearance. Her due date was expected to be in January, 2013.
  • At the time, she was planning to name her baby Ja'Leah.

Clothing

Martin was last seen wearing a hot pink hoodie with a fur trim around the collar, a white tank top, gray sweatpants, and fuzzy pink slippers.

Background

Morgan was in a relationship with 24 year old Jacobee Flowers. When she became pregnant, Morgan decided to keep the baby. She threatened Jacobee to pay child support or else she would report him to the police for statutory rape. However, Jacobee begged her to terminate the pregnancy, as he was already supporting 3 children; two from his ex, Kwanza Smith, and the other from his current girlfriend, Ricqui Holly.[1]

Case

Morgan was last seen sitting outside of her home at the 2800 block of 17th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL. At 9:03PM, July 24th, her boyfriend, 24 year old Jacobee Flowers called her cellphone.[2] She disappeared sometime between 12:20 a.m. - 12:33 a.m. on July 25th, 2012. She told her family that she was going to outside to show her boyfriend ultrasound pictures of their baby. Martin told her sister to leave the front door unlocked.

Martin left behind her purse, I.D., and sonogram photos; only taking her cellphone with her. One witness claimed that a white car was parked in her driveway.[3] Cell phone tower analysis later revealed that Flowers' phone was detected near her home when she went missing.

The next morning, her mother, Leah Martin, was upset with her for never coming home that night and not keeping in touch with her. Morgan did not respond to any of her mother's texts or voice mails, which was very alarming. Leah Martin reported her daughter missing that day.

The investigators' only lead was Jacobee Flowers. The case turned cold after months of investigating. In 2015, with the creation of St. Petersburg Police Cold Case Unit, interest returned to the case.

In June of 2016, Jacobee Flowers was indicted with one count first degree murder for the killing of Morgan Martin. Flowers was transferred from a prison in Avon Park to Pinellas County Jail upon the end of an unrelated traffic felony sentence.[4] [5]

On August 14th, 2018, St. Petersburg Police began to excavate a drained pond "a couple feet" away from Flowers' house on 71st Street North and 52nd Avenue South, with the hopes of finding the remains of Morgan Martin.[6]

As of July 25th, 2019, Martin's body remains missing. Jacobee Flowers' trial is set for November, 2019.[7]

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References

  1. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/officials-release-indictment-in-captial-murder-case-of-missing-pregnant-teen?autoplay=true
  2. https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/text-messages-detail-unraveling-relationship-between-st-petersburg-teen/2284257/
  3. http://charleyproject.org/case/morgan-keyanna-martin
  4. https://www.facebook.com/StPetePD/posts/indictment-in-the-morgan-martin-disappearance-casest-petersburg-police-chief-ant/10154238923657770/
  5. https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/man-indicted-in-pregnant-girlfriends-death/67-257367988
  6. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-south-pinellas/st-petersburg/investigators-searching-excavating-through-st-pete-pond-in-connection-to-cold-case
  7. https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2019/07/25/morgan-martin-17-disappeared-7-years-ago-today-where-the-case-is-now
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