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2189866 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-07-24 15:13:46.0 UTC 2014-07-24T11:13:46.000-04:00 mother-of-pregnant-st-petersburg-teenager-missing-for-two-years-remains published 2014-07-24 15:12:31.0 UTC 2014-07-24T11:12:31.000-04:00 news/humaninterest DTI 123141839 ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family. Two years ago, her 17-year-old daughter, Morgan Keyanna Martin, vanished in front of their home. It was after midnight that July 25, but Morgan wanted to share exciting news with the father of the baby growing inside her. Cellphone in hand and wearing pajamas and bedroom slippers, she stepped outside her family's home at 2808 17th Ave. S, eager to tell her baby's father that it was a girl. In the frantic hours after her disappearance, however, Martin said the man insisted he'd never heard of her daughter and then claimed the two had met at a club. Police say the case remains active, but they do not know what happened to Morgan and have not made any arrests. Detectives "continue to work leads as they are developed," St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said. "I can't say whether they have any one individual they consider a suspect, but obviously, they have looked at, and continue to look at, those individuals that were involved in her life to see if any one of them might have some motive to harm her." A $1,000 reward is being offered for information. Morgan's family hopes to add to it through the fundraising website fundly.com, which they've linked to a "Hope for Morgan Martin" Facebook page. They've raised $400. Martin is inviting family and friends to gather at her modest Midtown home today to remember the teenager who had worked as a cashier at Checkers, was studying for her high school diploma at the Tomlinson Adult Learning Center and anticipating the baby girl she planned to name Ja'Leah. Friends and relatives plan to hand out fliers with her picture and information. "Morgan Martin. Have you seen me?' the fliers, ask which say that she disappeared after leaving her home to speak with someone in a white sedan. She is described as white and Hispanic — her father is Panamanian and Puerto Rican — with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 2 and, at the time of her disappearance, 175 pounds. Earlier descriptions also mentioned a scar on her chin and on the left side of her lip. Robert Lowery, vice president of the missing children's division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said the organization is "greatly concerned" about Morgan's welfare. "The length of time this child has been gone raises the level of risk and requires a lot more resources," he said. Her mother refuses to give up hope. It's what keeps her going. "Just the thought that one day we are going to find her, that she's just going to show up," she said. She's in contact with another mother through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Martin said though the woman's son has been missing for 30 years, she has not given up hope for his safe return. "We have seen amazing recoveries of children after years of them being gone," Lowery said. "What we say here at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is that we don't want to provide false hope, but when it comes to missing children, you never give up hope." To aid searches, he said the center distributes posters at places such as Walmart. It also combs databases, follows social media and takes calls from the public. The organization also collects biometric information about missing children and uses age-progression technology to show how a child might have changed through the years. In Morgan's case, the technology will not be used until she has been missing for three years, Lowery said. "Hopefully, we will find Morgan before then," he said. "There was no other person like her," the missing teenager's sister, Sierra Cahill, said. Her mother tells of the time when Morgan asked for food to donate to the homeless as part of a school project. At the time, the family was living in a motel because of financial difficulties, Martin said, but Morgan didn't recognize their deprivation. She thought others were worse off. Contact Waveney Ann Moore at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283. By Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer News, Human Interest_News, neigh south, breaking-news, top-news, news-nav, pinellas Mother of pregnant St. Petersburg teenager missing for two years remains hopeful WMOOREN Her daughter, 17 and pregnant, vanished from their home two years ago. The police investigation goes on. NSP Neigh St Pete dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz Missing teen's mom is hopeful <p><b>fast facts</b></p><p><b>Tips wanted</b></p><p>Anyone with information about the disappearance of Morgan Keyanna Martin should call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780. A $1,000 reward is being offered.</p> St. Petersburg 1 naymissing072514 Missing teen's mom is hopeful 2014-07-25 04:00:00.0 UTC 2014-07-25T00:00:00.000-04:00 4 Morgan Keyanna Martin has not been seen since July 25, 2012. She was four months pregnant and left behind her purse, money and ID. &#65279; /resources/images/dti/2014/07/nal_morgan072514_13560283.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_morgan072514_13560283_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_morgan072514_13560283_8col.jpg 3 Leah Martin&#8217;s daughter Morgan Keyanna Martin disappeared two years ago from in front of her home. /resources/images/dti/2014/07/clw_martin072514b_13551359.jpg MELISSA LYTTLE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/clw_martin072514b_13551359_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/clw_martin072514b_13551359_8col.jpg 2 Leah Martin holds a photo of her missing daughter, Morgan Keyanna Martin. /resources/images/dti/2014/07/nal_martin072514_13551352.jpg MELISSA LYTTLE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_martin072514_13551352_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_martin072514_13551352_8col.jpg 1 A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about Leah Martin&#8217;s daughter. The family is also fundraising on fundly.com. /resources/images/dti/2014/07/nal_house072514_13551348.jpg MELISSA LYTTLE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_house072514_13551348_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/nal_house072514_13551348_8col.jpg Morgan Keyanna Martin, Facebook, Fundly.com, Leah Martin, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2014/07/24/123141839-mother-of-pregnant-st-petersburg-teenager-missing-for-two-years-remains StaffArticle news,human interest_newsHuman Interest News ArticlesST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.Morgan Keyanna Martin, Facebook, Fundly.com, Leah Martin, National Center for Missing and Exploited ChildrenWaveney Ann Moore 380267 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:32:05.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:05.000-04:00 waveney-ann-moore published Waveney Ann Moore <p>Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.</p><p>She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for <a href="http://web.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna">"For Their Own Good,"</a> about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists.</p><p>Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A.</p><p>She's a former reporter for the <i>Kansas City Star</i>.</p><p>Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745042 Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists. Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. She's a former reporter for the Kansas City Star. Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen. <p>Phone: (727) 892-2283</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:wmoore@tampabay.com">wmoore@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Moore_Waveney_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745042-waveney-ann-moore AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:32:05.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:32:05.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">WAVENEY ANN MOORE</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2290720 2016-08-24 10:29:07.0 UTC 5 Days Ago two-men-injured-in-shooting-at-st-peterburg-park news/publicsafety/crime Two men injured in shooting at St. Petersburg park StaffArticle 2290215 2016-08-19 16:17:24.0 UTC 1 Week Ago driver-who-killed-st-petersburg-couple-gets-40-years-in-prison news/courts Driver who killed St. Petersburg couple gets 40 years in prison StaffArticle 2290926 2016-08-25 15:36:31.0 UTC 4 Days Ago crowleys-on-st-petersburgs-central-avenue-remains-closed-amidst-battle news/business/retail Crowley's on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue remains closed amid battle over ownership StaffArticle <p><b>ST. PETERSBURG</b> — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.</p> <p>Two years ago, her 17-year-old daughter, Morgan Keyanna Martin, vanished in front of their home.</p> <p>It was after midnight that July 25, but Morgan wanted to share exciting news with the father of the baby growing inside her. Cellphone in hand and wearing pajamas and bedroom slippers, she stepped outside her family's home at 2808 17th Ave. S, eager to tell her baby's father that it was a girl.</p> <p>In the frantic hours after her disappearance, however, Martin said the man insisted he'd never heard of her daughter and then claimed the two had met at a club.</p> <p>Police say the case remains active, but they do not know what happened to Morgan and have not made any arrests.</p> <p>Detectives &quot;continue to work leads as they are developed,&quot; St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said. &quot;I can't say whether they have any one individual they consider a suspect, but obviously, they have looked at, and continue to look at, those individuals that were involved in her life to see if any one of them might have some motive to harm her.&quot; </p> <p>A $1,000 reward is being offered for information. Morgan's family hopes to add to it through the fundraising website fundly.com, which they've linked to a &quot;Hope for Morgan Martin&quot; Facebook page. They've raised $400.</p> <p>Martin is inviting family and friends to gather at her modest Midtown home today to remember the teenager who had worked as a cashier at Checkers, was studying for her high school diploma at the Tomlinson Adult Learning Center and anticipating the baby girl she planned to name Ja'Leah. Friends and relatives plan to hand out fliers with her picture and information.</p> <p>&quot;Morgan Martin. Have you seen me?' the fliers, ask which say that she disappeared after leaving her home to speak with someone in a white sedan.</p> <p>She is described as white and Hispanic — her father is Panamanian and Puerto Rican — with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 2 and, at the time of her disappearance, 175 pounds. Earlier descriptions also mentioned a scar on her chin and on the left side of her lip.</p> <p>Robert Lowery, vice president of the missing children's division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said the organization is &quot;greatly concerned&quot; about Morgan's welfare.</p> <p>&quot;The length of time this child has been gone raises the level of risk and requires a lot more resources,&quot; he said.</p> <p>Her mother refuses to give up hope. It's what keeps her going. &quot;Just the thought that one day we are going to find her, that she's just going to show up,&quot; she said.</p> <p>She's in contact with another mother through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Martin said though the woman's son has been missing for 30 years, she has not given up hope for his safe return.</p> <p>&quot;We have seen amazing recoveries of children after years of them being gone,&quot; Lowery said. &quot;What we say here at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is that we don't want to provide false hope, but when it comes to missing children, you never give up hope.&quot;</p> <p>To aid searches, he said the center distributes posters at places such as Walmart. It also combs databases, follows social media and takes calls from the public. The organization also collects biometric information about missing children and uses age-progression technology to show how a child might have changed through the years. In Morgan's case, the technology will not be used until she has been missing for three years, Lowery said.</p> <p>&quot;Hopefully, we will find Morgan before then,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;There was no other person like her,&quot; the missing teenager's sister, Sierra Cahill, said.</p> <p>Her mother tells of the time when Morgan asked for food to donate to the homeless as part of a school project. At the time, the family was living in a motel because of financial difficulties, Martin said, but Morgan didn't recognize their deprivation. She thought others were worse off.</p> <p>Contact Waveney Ann Moore at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:13:22