A 14-year-old girl from San Antonio, Texas vanished earlier this month while taking out the trash and now her family fears that an older man has lured her somewhere.
Allana Nicole Martinez, who also goes by Lana, was last seen on Aug. 3 in the 11000 block of Perrin Beitel Road, police say according to MySanAntonio.com.
The day she went missing, Martinez was babysitting two family members in the late afternoon, according to KENS5 in San Antonio. She walked out of her family’s apartment home to take out the trash. Her brother and cousin were playing video games and noticed she had been gone a while so they went outside to look for her and found only the trash bag, left near the home’s front door, according to KENS5.
"They realized she’d been gone to look so they went all the way around the block and around the apartments," her dad Benjamin Martinez told KENS5.
The teen’s cell phone was left behind.
The family fears that she could be with a much older man and that she could be in danger. There has been one possible sighting since Martinez vanished: a witness believes they may have seen the teen with a white man in his 60s in the area. Missing Pieces Network, a non-profit based in Virginia dedicated to helping families find missing, trafficked and murdered victims, posted on Facebook that a witness believes the man "was reportedly handling the girl in a controlling and aggressive manner." They noted that the teen has never run away before. and that she's a good student who plays volleyball. As of Monday, police said they did not suspect foul play.
Martinez was last seen in a red tank top and dark shorts. She is described as Hispanic and has brown eyes and curly brown hair. She stands at 4’10” and weighs about 125 pounds.
"She really loves to braid her hair, so if you see my little Mexican girl with her hairs braided, call it in, let somebody know," Martinez said.
Anyone with information is urged to call San Antonio police at 210-207-7660 or the Martinez family at 830-928-0334.
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