A 9-year-old girl who went missing for 2 years has recently been found, thanks to a tip generated by A&E’s “Live PD”—a police series.
Mariah Martinez was found safe on Monday night, March 26, in New Mexico. She was reported missing back in October 2016, FOX8 reported.
It was unclear where exactly she had been found.
#Missing child Mariah Martinez, 9, is SAFE thanks to #LivePD! After almost 2yrs, she was found last night in NM. Mariah was feat. on @OfficialLivePD Friday. We received a viewer tip & worked w/ @LubbockPolice & @NMSP to find her. Big TY for bringing home one of our @missingkids! pic.twitter.com/JCBE5TLYJ1
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) March 27, 2018
“Missing child Mariah Martinez, 9, is SAFE thanks to #LivePD! After almost 2yrs, she was found last night in NM. Mariah was feat. on @OfficialLivePD Friday. We received a viewer tip & worked w/ @LubbockPolice & @NMSP to find her,” the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced on social media.
The young girl’s mother, Amanda Martinez, disappeared with her three children in 2016 when she was about to lose custody of them. In January 2017, police found the women with two of her other children. But Mariah was not there, KBCD reported.
“At this time, Mariah’s mom is still in police custody, and we understand she’s not cooperating at all,” NCMEC spokeswoman Angeline Hartmann said on “Live PD.”
In 2016 an investigator with the Department of Family and Protective Services filed a missing person case on behalf of the three siblings. Mariah Martinez was 8, Jeremiah Martinez was 5, and Leimiah Martinez McGavok was 2 years old at the time, NBC affiliate WIS10 reported.
An affidavit obtained by KBCD reveals why police filed for the children’s emergency removal from their mother.
The report states that Child Protective Services talked to Jeremiah on Oct. 6, 2016. He told them that his mother’s boyfriend, Issac Sanders, had punched him in the nose after a fight with her. He also said that Sanders had threatened to kill the whole family by driving into a pond.
On Oct. 17, teachers at Mariah’s and Jeremiah’s school reached out to Child Protective Services because the children had not been at school for a whole week, according to the report.
Meanwhile, on the same day, their mother, had tested positive for methamphetamine.
Child Protective Services then tried to contact the mother but by then she and all her children had vanished.
The mother was later arrested on felony charges after police received a call about their whereabouts by a family member, KBCD reported.
The Lubbock Police Department issued a statement on Tuesday thanking the NCMEC for its help.