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Missing Lawrence teen found in New Jersey

Samantha Martinez
Posted at 7:27 PM, May 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 20:24:04-04

LAWRENCE — A missing 15-year-old from Lawrence has been found by federal authorities in New Jersey, according to the Lawrence Police Department.

Police asked for the public's help in finding Samantha Martinez who might have been with an adult she met online.

The family of Martinez initially believed she may have been with a friend, but police say an investigation indicated she instead might have be with an unknown adult who came from out-of-state to pick her up, according to the Lawrence Police Department.

Samantha Martinez

Samantha was reported missing by her family May 3. She's described as Latina, about 5 feet, 9 inches, about 200 pounds, and with a medical scar on her neck and highlights in her hair. There's no description of a vehicle police say she may be in.

Information released on May 10 by authorities indicated Martinez may be in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Lawrence police are working with federal authorities in this investigation.

Anyone with more information on Samantha's whereabouts was urged to call Lawrence police at 317-545-7575, or their local law enforcement agency.