Amber Alert issued for 1-year-old girl from Chattanooga after she was reportedly taken by a man at a traffic stop
Authorities are looking for a missing child from Chattanooga. 23-month-old Octavia Shaw was snatched by 37-year-old Matias Martinez, who fled on foot with the toddler after a traffic stop on Boy Scout Road. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) made a traffic stop of a vehicle close to Dayton Pike and Boy Scout Road in Chattanooga.
The Nashville Tennessean reported that there was a woman, her infant granddaughter, and another man, who was later identified as Martinez, in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Deputies soon discovered that the woman had open warrants against her.
The HCSO reported that while the deputies were questioning the woman, they asked the man to stand close by in the shade along with the infant due to the heat. At some point after that, they discovered that Martinez had fled the scene with the infant.
Martinez has a valid Massachusetts driver’s license. He has been described as having brown eyes and is approximately 5 feet and 10 inches tall. Baby Octavia was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs approximately 30lbs and is 2 feet tall.
Local law enforcement officers are currently combing the area where Martinez was last spotted with the child. The relationship between the infant and the suspect has not been identified as of now. It is still not clear when the pair went missing during the traffic stop.
Anyone who has any information regarding Martinez, the infant, or where they are at the moment should immediately contact their local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, members of the public have been encouraged to call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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