Petal, MS

She Wanted To Take Care Of Her Ailing Mother. Then She Disappeared. What Happened To Asia Martin?

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Asia Nicole MartinThe Charley Project

Asia Nicole Martin spent most of her young life being raised by her father in her hometown of Slidell, Louisiana. In 2003, she moved to Petal, Mississippi during her junior year of high school. Asia graduated from Petal High School and enrolled in the Pearl River Community College. She lived in an apartment in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with a roommate.

19-year-old Asia received news that her mother, who lived in Denver, Colorado, had become ill. She decided to take a semester off to care for her mom, and on May 24, 2005, Asia purchased a bus ticket to Denver, the Charley Project reports. On May 27, 2005, Asia and her mother spoke on the telephone around 8:40 pm. She told her roommate she was going for a walk and left their apartment.

Asia Nicole Martin has never been seen or heard from again. She never boarded the bus for her scheduled ride out to Denver, Colorado to see her mother.
Asia Nicole MartinThe Charley Project

Investigators believe Asia just "left of her own accord." Her family believes otherwise. Her family said it is unusual for Asia to leave or not contact them, and they fear she met with danger, the Charley Project reports. Those close to Asia do not believe she would have left her family, friends, and personal belongings behind. They especially do not think she would abandon her mother, who was ill.

There have been no suspects named in her disappearance and no information on her whereabouts. Since her disappearance, Asia's beloved mother has passed away.

Asia Nicole Martin is 5'1" and weighed 120 pounds when she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-544-4910.

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