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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 12

Des Moines, Iowa
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Monday, August 13, 1984
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I2A THE DES MOINES REGISTER Mon., Aug. 13, 1984 Foul play report is investigated By TOM ALEX Atflliter still Writer Polk County sheriff's officials arc trying to determine what happened at Yellow Banks Park, S.E. Sixty-eighth Street and Vandalia Road on Saturday afternoon following a report of a possible foul play. Authorities said an investigator talked with an 11-year-old boy who told them a boy about his age tried to make a call from a public telephone but was grabbed by a man who tossed him into a car and drove away. The young witness said he was in the shower house at campground 1 when the other boy walked in. The boy was crying but didn't say anything, officials reported. Suddenly a man yelled for the boy to come to him and the distraught boy left the shower house. The witness, who was not identified by authorities, said the boy ran to the telephone and made a call, but the man grabbed him and took him to his car. The car is described as white over dark brown, believed to be a two-door, newer model, with two round tail-lights, side by side, on each side of the vehicle. The license plate was green and the first letter was 'F.' Sheriff's Lt. Randy Cross said the young witness went to the women's shower room and found his mother and told her what he'd seen. As the boy was explaining what happened the phone rang and the mother, who also was not identified, answered it. The caller, who apparently was an operator, according to sheriff's officials, asked about the man and the boy. Officials said they could not immediately locate the operator and still had not been able to reach the operator by Sunday evening. Polk County officials say they have no reports of missing children, except for a Des Moines case, involving missing newspaper carrier Eugene Martin. But the incident at Yellow Banks Park occurred Saturday afternoon and Martin did not disappear until Sunday morning. "We have a detective out beating the bushes tonight," Cross said Sunday. Man driving to golf course saw boy sitting at corner Continued from Page One have to stay strong "Their little boy's life may depend on it." Martin Ls the son of Donald Martin of the Frazier avenue address and Janice Martin of 4212 Avenue Frederick M. Hubbell. Donald Martin said his son will be 2 14 years old next Friday. He has five ing but that's all," said Martin's halfbrothers and two halfsisters. One father. "I didn't even hear him getting of the brothers, Don Nelson, 16, often dressed." went with Martin on his newspaper geen aj Comer route, but he stayed with a friend Sat- rni vi..,Ank..Mh . ' . . 4 c-j... At 5:10 a.m., Connie Klauenburch of urday night and Sunday morning so Kenvon Ave saw Gene Martin Gene Martin was alone on the route on "l e"y A " 7 c" i s . sitting at the corner of Southwest ' ' Fourteenth and Highview with his pa- "I heard the alarm go off this morn- per bag at his side. "I was on my way AP PHOTO Place Your Trust in Us . . . Our 31st Year Bonded & Insured NO MONEY DOWN UP TO 15 YEARS TO PAY FHA FINANCING AVAILABLE! if am II JIT BUILD 727 S.E. 14th (S.E. 14th A Maury) 0i Moln.i 50317 PHONE 283-2418 , FREE ESTIMATES Ow-of-townrCfiil Toll Fr. 1-SOO-362-2S77 6 GARAGES ON DISPLAY AT S.E. 14th & Maury J You get a good deal more commonsense advice when you read Ann Landers in The Des Moines Register. -'-V It 'r 3 , - ft H ir . V 1 1 7-" ' Mi i -JTI-- V- .. r ' " ;", 1 tf'tMinimwWw''1' i iiiiniii-il!iiim'TnW-f"mfr t "Tii' iiVT''i iiif TiMiyHtTiiiitwMrtwiiiiiiMiiiflfim " Des Moines police officers investigate the scene where Eugene Wade Martin, 13, disappeared early Sunday morning. TO Cokesbury store fiuriiifli nnnif.QAi f tlllllWHIi M WIUfMMBi More than just books . . . Items in Every Department on Sale! Books, RecordsCassettes, Jewelry, Greeting Cards, Gifts, Etc. 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"He didn't have his papers yet when I saw him," said Klauenburch. John Miksich, circulation director of The Des Moines Register, said, "Obviously we are cooperating fully with the police department In the investigation and are in the process of alerting all of our carriers and district managers to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles and report anything like that to the police department. Our plan right now is to have some sort of message sent out with bundles in the metro area to alert everyone to be particularly cautious." A $5,000 reward for information , leading to the whereabouts of Gene Martin is being offered by The Des Moines Register. "The route manager, Paul Porter, came by and saw papers had been folded with rubber bands and left in the bag, but he thought maybe he'd taken a few and was coming right back," said Martin's father. "About 7:15 a.m. he came back and saw the bag and papers again and then he called me." Donald Martin said, "I commenced looking around the house and then I got dressed and got on my motorcycle and went looking for him with my brother, Ron. We both have motorcycles. We went to the malls, we looked behind schools, all over." Didn't Talk to Strangers Martin said his son had not mentioned being harassed in the past. rn : r e. 'it $ Donald Martin Father of missing boy "Gene has been delivering papers since about May," his father said. "He's a kind of shy young man. He doesn't talk to strangers -r only people he knows. He would never walk up to someone he didn't know and start a conversation." A car, described as "green and beat-up," was seen in the area of Southwest Fourteenth to Eighteenth streets, Kenyon to Porter avenues, with a white man about 25 to 35 years old driving, Des Moines police said. He had dark hair, parted in the middle and a two- or three-day-old beard. The driver may have been following two girls who were in the area at the time, Mullins said. The car last was seen about 5 a.m. "At this point we would just like to talk to the man," Mullins said, explaining that the unidentified man was not considered a suspect. The man did not say anything to the girls. Des Moines police compiled a fact sheet with Gene Martin's picture on it Sunday morning. Six tactical unit officers were called to help a team of five detectives work on the case. Mullins said members of the Capitol City Knights football team offered to help in the search Sunday morning. Police said a newspaper employee first learned that something was wrong when a woman called to say that she hadn't received her paper. She said the papers were still on the corner and she wanted to know if it would be all right to stop by and pick one up. Janice Martin said her son "is a friendly boy. He likes sports, plays softball, likes swimming and horseback riding." Reaction "The first thing to do is -et his picture all over the place along with a description of any car," said Johu G!o.c;ch. "Call Davenport, Omaha, Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City. Alert all law enforcement agencies' to be on the lookout." He said it's the parents responsibility to keep the investigation going. "We've put out a message to the media that we will be happy to visit with them Martin's parents and help in any way we possibly can." Gosch added, "People have to remember the person who kidnapped Johnny hasn't been' caught either." ; , r fx ' I 114 ZJ Johnny Gosch . Missing almost two years

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