Search for Martins Continues

The search for Jose Alfonso Martins, Jr. continued Monday, marking the tenth day of the search mission in Shenandoah National Park. Weather in the area improved slightly, with fog persisting. Park officials plan to continue the search Tuesday morning.

Martins left his home in Manassas on March 26. His family reported him missing to the Manassas Police Department on March 27. Martins' vehicle was located in the park on March 29. Search operations began later that morning and have continued through Monday. Operations are centering on the Keyser Run area in the park's north district.

Trails in the search area are closed until further notice. This includes: Keyser Run Fire Road, Little Devils Stairs, Piney Branch, Sugar Loaf, Piney Ridge, Pole Bridge Link Trail, and Hull School Trail (from the Thornton River Trail to Keyser Run Fire Road).

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" printed on it. Martins is believed to be despondent.

More than 35 employees and one dog team are currently involved in the search. Shenandoah National Park personnel have been assisted by Appalachian Search and Rescue, Virginia Search and Rescue Dogs
Association, Dogs East Search and Rescue, Top of Virginia Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Tracking Institution, Virginia State Police, Blue and Gray Search and Rescue Dogs, Manassas Police Department, TROT Search and Rescue, and K-9 Alert.

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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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