Francheska Sugel Martinez

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Left: Francheska, circa 2000;
Right: Age-progression to age 25 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 9, 2000 from Paterson, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth: June 10, 1987
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'5 - 4'7, 110 - 120 pounds
  • 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.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A short blue denim miniskirt and a pink top or sleeveless blouse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Francheska ran away from her Patterson, 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 arrived at 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, New Jersey. 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.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paterson Police Department
    973-881-6800

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

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

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

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