Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Martha was last seen on November 12, 2013. Martha is known to frequent the areas of 1st and Lyon. She left her residence without her belongings and has not contacted her family since.
Steven Dean Gordon and Franc Cano are facing special circumstances murder and forcible rape charges in connection to the slayings of several Santa Ana and Anaheim women who were believed to have ties to prostitution. Both men are registered sex offenders who were under the supervision of federal probation and state parole officials when the women were killed. Investigators believe the pair twice cut off their monitoring bracelets to travel out of state.
They were arrested following the disappearances of 20-year-old Kianna Jackson, 34-year-old Josephine Vargas and 27-year-old Martha Anaya, as well as the discovery at an Anaheim recycling facility of the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Estepp.
Gordon and Cano picked up the women at well-known prostitution hubs near Harbor Boulevard or First Street and left their bodies in trash dumpsters. Police also suspect they might have killed a fifth women, who hasn’t been identified or found. Detectives used the men’s GPS units to track them to areas where the killings were believed to have occurred and to link the duo to each woman’s cellphone. Gordon, during a 13-hour interview shortly after being taken into custody, admitted that he and Cano had sexually assaulted and killed Jackson, Vargas, Anaya and Estepp.
Police have ended their search for the bodies of the three missing women. The amount of time that has elapsed since the women disappeared and the difficulties of searching massive landfills, left police with little hope for the search.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Santa Ana Police Department