Several months ago I used to sign off with the phrase, “Keep Lori and the Martin family relevant.” It was a reference to two specific cases of missing persons in the state of Alabama during 2006 hopefully inspiring people to enjoy life and pay attention to those things that are important.
Unfortunately bodies have been discovered in Bessemer that has tragically closed the book on one of the cases. This entry is taken from this Birmingham News Breaking News Blog post.
Bodies of missing Martin family believed found
Bodies found in Bessemer are believed to be those of three family members missing six months from College Hills, police sources said.
Bessemer police today recovered two more bodies near where one was discovered Wednesday and they are believed to be those of three people missing since June 13.
John and Evelyn Martin, 84 and 82, and their grandson, Ryan Evans, 19, disappeared from their 10th Court home, leading to massive searches throughout the community and area.
The bodies were recovered in a ravine just off Alabama Highway 150. A dozen or so officers from Bessemer and Birmingham, and officials from the Jefferson County Medical Examiner Coroner’s office scoured a ravine for evidence.
The grandmother’s body was found Wednesday. Investigators made a tentative identification, and returned Friday to search for the other bodies, police officials said.
The ravine is overgrown. The other bodies were found about 100 yards from the first body, which was in the creek lodged under a bridge.
Robert K. Gordon and Carol Robinson
Our prayers are with their friends and family at this time.