The last time Florida mother-to-be Morgan Martin, 17, was seen by her family was just after midnight on July 25, 2012. Eighteen months later St. Petersburg police say they are still looking for her.
The teen– four months pregnant at the time—had just stepped outside the family home at 12:30 a.m. to chat with the man she said is the father of her unborn child—a 25-year-old man she met on Facebook.
According to St. Petersburg police, the man, whose name was not released, was questioned but, in the absence of evidence linking him to the missing girl, has not been charged in the matter.
“We have talked to all of her acquaintances and a number of people she had associations with,” Michael Puetz, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department, said in an interview with NewsOne. “At this point, she’s still missing and still believed to be under life-threatening circumstances.”
Such an occurrence is not unusual, said Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation.
“Sadly Morgan’s story is not uncommon. It happens more often than we think,” Wilson said in an interview with NewsOne .
“There are risks when dating someone you have met online. You just don’t know who you are dealing with—their character, personality and background,” said Wilson, whose Landover Hills, Md.-based organization maintains a database of women, young men and children of color who are missing.
Leah Martin said her daughter met the man when she was 16-years-old.
In an interview with HLN, a cable news channel, Martin said, “they weren’t dating. They had just met on Facebook and were messing around, I guess.”
Martin said her missing teen was excited about her first baby being a girl. “She wrote her name on the sidewalk. And she was excited and I just think he wasn’t.”
According to St. Petersburg police, the man, whose name was not released, was questioned but, in the absence of evidence linking him to the missing girl, has not been charged.
In the 18 months since Morgan went missing, there hasn’t been a recent post on her Facebook page.
Martin , in an interview with ABC Action News in St. Petersburg, said, “You wake up and think about your family…I wake up. I think about her.”
To keep the memory of her daughter alive, Martin and her family created a Hope For Morgan Martin Facebook page in hopes to find Morgan and answers about her whereabouts.
“I should have the right to put my child to rest. I should have the right to know where my child is,” said Martin.
She said the last time she saw her daughter she was wearing grew sweatpants, white tank top and light pink fuzzy slippers with a dark pink hoodie.