Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
In August 1981, Carolyn Sue Martin and her 2-year-old son, Mark Steven Martin, disappeared They haven't been heard from since.
Carolyn Sue Martin had a lot to look forward to in life. The 24-year-old mother had recently reunited with her old flame and for the better part of two months in the summer of 1981, they took great care of their precious two-year-old son, Mark.
Carolyn's ex had very little to do with either her or Mark before that point -- until a paternity suit ordered him to pay child support.
In June 1981, when the court order went into effect, cops in Michigan tell AMW that Carolynís ex suddenly became a model father to Mark, endowing his young son with toys, clothes and whatever else the boy wanted. As a matter of fact, he reportedly made a complete 180-degree turnaround regarding his feelings toward Carolyn -- promising her the sun, the moon and the stars, as well as a better life in the future.
Shortly after her ex-boyfriend came back into Carolyn's life, cops say he told her he'd gotten a job in Texas, and he wanted her to come with him.
The day of the big move, Carolyn's brother helped load all of her and Mark's belongings into the boyfriend's '79 Pontiac Grand Prix.
But within an hour after they left the metropolitan Detroit area, Carolyn reportedly told her boyfriend she didn't want to go with him to Texas anymore. According to police reports from 1981, he left her and her young son on the side of I-75 with nothing more than a suitcase, $4,000 in cash and the clothes on their backs.
No one has seen or heard from them since.
Authorities now consider both Carolyn and Mark to be legally deceased, and foul play is suspected in their disappearance.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Madison Heights Police Department