Misheila Isleen Martinez

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Left: Misheila, circa 2001;
Right: Age-progression to age 25 (circa 2012)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 22, 2000 from Paterson, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth: June 10, 1987
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'7 - 5'1, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, green eyes. Some agencies refer to Misheila as Misheila Sugel Martinez or Misheila Martinez-Gissat. She has a freckled complexion, a mole on her buttocks and a small scar near her nose.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A ring with a small stone in the center.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Misheila's twin sister Francheska ran away from their Paterson, New Jersey home on June 9, 2000, the day before the girls' thirteenth birthday. Misheila stated she and Francheska 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 she 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 on 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
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paterson Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    New Jersey State Police
    GINA for Missing Persons


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 16, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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