Veronica Emily Martinez

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Left: Veronica, circa 2001;
Right: Age-progression to age 25 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 29, 2001 from Tracy, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5 - 5'7, 150 - 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Veronica has red highlights in her hair and pierced ears. She fractured her elbow as a toddler; the healed injury may show up in an x-ray. Veronica has a dimple on her left cheek that shows when she smiles. She may use the alias Christina Rodriguez or the first names Christina, Cristina and/or Jessica.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Black stretch pants.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Veronica was last seen at 6:30 a.m. on March 29, 2001 leaving her Tracy, California home to attend her classes at Tracy High School. She is believed to have been abducted by her boyfriend, Manuel Antonio Quiroz Jr. A photograph and vital statistics for Quiroz are posted below this case summary. They were last sighted together in July of 2003 in the Nevada cities of Reno and Sparks. They may now be in Mexico and may be posing as brother and sister.

    Quiroz is wanted by the police and he has a criminal record which includes convictions for sexual assault, battery, and weapons charges. His family lived near Tracy at the time of his and Veronica's disappearances, but moved to Grand Prairie, Texas in October 2003. Quiroz's father says he has not heard from his son since March 2001, but investigators describe the family as uncooperative and believe they know where Quiroz and Veronica are.

    Before Veronica's disappearance, her family forbade her to see Quiroz. He had lied to her family about his age, claiming to be 17 years old. Veronica's sister believes she was pregnant at the time of her disappearance, and also thinks Quiroz was physically abusing her, but these allegations have not been proved. Her family believes she left with Quiroz of her own accord, but may now be being held against her will.

    Veronica is missing under suspicious circumstances and is considered to be endangered due to Quiroz's criminal record. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Manuel Antonio Quiroz Jr.
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    Above: Manuel Antonio Quiroz Jr.

    Date of Birth: August 14, 1974
    Age: 26 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'9, 165 - 170 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Quiroz has a birthmark over his right eye and may have a mustache. His nickname is Tony and he may use the alias name David Luis Rodriguez and the alias date of birth July 7, 1979. Quiroz looks younger than his age. He has previous work experience with gasoline stations and telephone companies.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tracy Police Department
    209-831-4552

    OR
    209-831-4550

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Lodi News-Sentinel
    The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Foundation
    NamUs

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 11, 2011; age-progression updated.

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