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Search Underway for Missing Manassas Man in Shenandoah National Park

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Date: March 31, 2008

Shenandoah National Park Rangers are searching for Jose Alfonso Martins, Jr., a 42 year old Manassas man.

Martins left his home on Wednesday, March 26, 2008.  His family reported him missing to the Manassas Police Department on Thursday, March 27.  Martins’s vehicle was located in the park on Saturday morning, March 29.  Search operations began later that morning and have continued through today.

Jose Martins, Jr. is described as a male with black hair and brown eyes, 5’ 4”tall who weighs approximately 140 pounds. It is believed that he is wearing a dark blue ball cap with the words “Ocean City”.  Martins is believed to be despondent.

Over 50 employees and trained volunteers, including ground searchers and dog teams are currently involved in the search.  Shenandoah National Park personnel are currently being assisted by Appalachian Search and Rescue, Virginia Search and Rescue Dogs Association (VSRDA), Dogs East Search and Rescue, Top of Virginia Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Tracking Institution, Virginia State Police, Blue and Grey Search and Rescue Dogs, Manassas Police Department, and the United States Park Police.

Anyone with any information about Jose Alfonso Martins, Jr. is asked to call 1-800-732-0911.  For additional information about the search and rescue operation please call 540-999-3300.

Did You Know?

The early post card view of the Marys Rock Tunnel is typical of the iconic use of images of the engineering structure

The 600' long Marys Rock Tunnel was completed in 1932 and the public considered it a scenic wonder. It became iconic and tunnel images were used on everything from post cards to jewelry.