Family, Friends Remember Missing St. Joseph Girl

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 07/06 2014 10:45PM

Updated 07/07 2014 09:18AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) July 6th, 2004.

It's a day one St. Joseph mother will never forget.

"It's been very hard, said Tammy Mack, the mother of missing St. Joseph girl Ashley Martinez. "We've been left with questions. So many questions you know, unanswered questions."

On that day, Tammy Mack dropped her daughter, Ashley Martinez, off at Krug Pool in St. Joseph.
When she returned, Ashley wasn't there.

Now after years of wondering what happened, friends and family gathered at the spot she went missing 10 years later.

"I'll never forget the phone call I got from my daughter telling me about Ashley missing," said Sue Kibble, Ashley's grandmother. "I didn't believe it at first. I didn't want to believe it."

Abel Martinez is Ashley's older brother. He says before going to the pool that day, the two had gotten into a fight.

"I wish we would have ended things on better terms, but I wish that she would have never left," he said.

The family says it has been a long and tough ten years.

The tips rushed in in the months after her disappearance, but as time passed, the tips slowed down.

"If there's anything you can think of that day that you haven't thought of or something you may know, somebody has to know something, please come forward and say something," Mack said.

Mack has worked hard to keep her daughter's memory alive. Each year the family gathers at the pool and still celebrates her birthday.

"We always do something for her," Mack said.

On Thursday, the family planted a tree at Krug Pool to remind people of Ashley.

And on Sunday, people gathered to simply remember a friend and a sister.

"I always joked around about what we would be when we got older and it's just sad things turned out the way they did," Abel said.

And remember a daughter.

"You know it doesn't matter how many years she's missing, it's a hole that just can't be filled unless she fills it," Mack said.

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