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Investigators seek help in search for missing woman

Published Sep. 27, 2005

Hillsborough sheriff's investigators are looking for a 42-year-old Northdale woman who has been missing for more than a week.

Tammy J. Martin, of 16101 Ravendale Drive, left her home about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and has not been seen since. She was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee (Florida tag F4NEN) with a large Rottweiler dog.

"Tammy has a severe thyroid condition," said her husband, Mike Martin. "I know at this point she doesn't have her medication, which makes her susceptible to a thyroid storm. Her blood pressure goes way up, she has heart failure, she stops breathing and goes into a coma."

Martin said he and his wife are involved in a long-term custody battle over their two sons, ages 7 and 8. The couple recently returned to Tampa from Connecticut to appeal a judge's decision to give custody to Mrs. Martin's mother, who lives in St. Petersburg.

"It's pretty devastating to both of us, what we're going through," Martin said. "There's a possibility she might be in St. Pete and trying to have some contact with the children."

Martin said his wife worked at the Wal-Mart on N Dale Mabry Highway, just north of Interstate 275. "She's always left messages for me," he said. "She's never disappeared on me before. She's a sweetheart, very sociable, very kind and friendly."

Tammy Martin is 5-4 and 165 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8201.