North American Missing Persons Network
Francheska Sugel Martinez

1 AP
Above Images: Martinez, circa 2000; Right; AP to age 25

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 9, 2000 from Paterson, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date Of Birth: June 10, 1987
  • Age: 13
  • Height: 4'7"
  • Weight: 115-120 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown with light brown highlights.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White/Hispanic
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Braces on teeth. Mole on right breast, discoloration on left arm.
  • Clothing: Pink sleeveless blouse, short blue jean miniskirt.
  • Case Number: 2442-OOM

  • Details of Disappearance
    Francheska Martinez of 17th Avenue was seen at 17th Avenue and East 22nd Street by her twin sister, Mishela Martinez.
    Mishela saw her from the kitchen window of their house.
    Francheska told her sister she was going to the store.
    Francheska's stepfather arrived at the store a few minutes later and the store owner told him that Francheska had never arrived.
    At 1:30 p.m., Francheska phoned her house, saying she was at the Great Falls with friends.
    She asked Mishela not to tell anybody and hung up.
    Family members haven't heard from her since and said the seventh-grader at School 24 had never stayed out late and always came home after school.
    Francheska had told a friend that she was interested in going to the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan on June 11.
    Francheska did not have a fight with her family and was doing well at school.
    Friends of the girl have reported that Francheska had been dating a 22-year-old man, unknown to her family.
    The girl was described by family members as very friendly.
    The clothes she was wearing when she was reported missing were found outside her mother's house. The bag contained blue denim shorts, a pink floral tube top, and white cotton underwear. The clothes were not ripped. The girl's shoes were not in the bag.

    She may be in the company of her twin sister, Misheila Martinez.
    Authorities suspect the two are together, although Francheska apparently took off first in the summer of 2000.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paterson Police Department
    (973) 321-1111

    Source Information
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    The Record (New Jersey)