ATLANTA, Ga. — On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, around 3 p.m., the Gwinnett County Police Department was contacted by Michigan State Police and the FBI about a possible location of a missing teen from Michigan.
During the investigation, it was learned that the 14-year-old female victim — Hannah Marie Amaro of Marshall, Mich. — developed a relationship with a 28-year-old suspect through a Web site. The two agreed to meet at a location in Michigan and then travel to Georgia.
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the teen was reported missing by her parents to the Marshall Police Department in Michigan. At this point, the Michigan State Police and FBI became involved in the investigation.
The identity of the suspect and his cell phone number were identified. His cell phone provider indicated that his cell phone was pinging at a hotel in Norcross, Ga., on August 26, 2014.
Gwinnett County police and other law enforcement agencies traveled to the hotel and went door-to-door looking for the suspect and the missing teen. The suspect did not register using his name at the hotel.
Eventually, the suspect and the missing teen were located and taken into custody.
The suspect, Victor Alfonso Martinez, age 28, was arrested and transported to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The missing teen was taken into custody and released to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.
The victim’s parents are currently on their way from Michigan to seek custody of the teen.
Victor Alfonso Martinez has been charged with aggravated child molestation (a felony) and interstate interference with custody (also a felony). More charges are likely upon the completion of the investigation.