Francheska Sugel Martinez

Francheska, circa 2000; Age-progression to age 31 (circa 2018)

  • Missing Since 06/09/2000
  • Missing From Paterson, New Jersey
  • Classification Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth 06/10/1987 (31)
  • Age 12 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'5 - 4'7, 110 - 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A short blue denim miniskirt and a pink sleeveless blouse.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Francheska had braces on her teeth when she was last seen. Some agencies refer to her as Francheska Martinez-Gissat. She has a mole on her right breast and a discoloration on her left arm.

Details of Disappearance

Francheska ran away from her Paterson, New Jersey home on June 9, 2000, the day before her thirteenth birthday. Her twin sister, Misheila, stated they were at 17th Avenue and east 22nd Street when Francheska said she was going to the store.

When the girls' stepfather came to the store a few minutes later, he found out Francheska had never arrived there. At 1:30 p.m., Francheska called home and spoke to Misheila, saying she was with friends at the Great Falls on the Passaic River in Paterson. She asked Misheila not to tell anyone, then hung up. She has never been heard from again.

Francheska told friends she was interested in attending the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, New York on June 11, but it's unclear whether she ever arrived there. Friends reported she was dating a 22-year-old man her family didn't know.

A few days after her disappearance, the clothes Francheska had been wearing on the day she vanished, untorn but minus the shoes, were found in a supermarket bag in the driveway outside her mother's house.

On July 22, six weeks after her twin sister disappeared, Misheila also vanished. Authorities believe the twins left of their own accord and may be traveling together. They may be in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn or the Bronx. Their cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Paterson Police Department 973-881-6800

Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 7, 2018; age-progression updated.