Police continue search for missing Madison Heights man

Donnie Ray Martin has been missing since noon Aug. 3

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 17, 2017

 Police are seeking tips on the whereabouts of Donnie Ray Martin, missing since Aug. 3.

Police are seeking tips on the whereabouts of Donnie Ray Martin, missing since Aug. 3.

Photo provided by Madison Heights Police Department


MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, authorities in Madison Heights continued their search for Donnie Ray Martin, 31, who has been missing since early August. 

Martin, a Madison Heights resident, was last seen around noon Aug. 3, when he left his job at a tree-trimming service in Madison Heights after being paid. His father reported his son’s disappearance around 11 p.m. the following day. Police say they don’t know whether this is simply a case where Martin doesn’t want to be found, or whether foul play may be involved.

The last person to hear from Martin was his girlfriend, who has continued to try to reach him. Martin sent her a text message about 20 minutes after he left work. Family members haven’t been able to contact him by phone, either, and are worried about Martin’s safety. 

When he was last seen, Martin was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Crime Stoppers describes him as having piercings below his right eye and in his left nostril, and as having multiple tattoos on his hands and arms, as well as a Chinese tattoo on his neck.

Police say he’s known to frequent the area of State Fair Avenue and John R Road in Detroit. Police believe Martin went there prior to his disappearance, although police aren’t saying why.

Authorities have been canvassing the area between Seven Mile and Eight Mile roads on John R Road and west to Woodward Avenue, approaching people on the street with Martin’s picture, asking if they recognize him. Photos were also provided to police in Detroit and Hamtramck.

Police also tried tracing the signal of Martin’s cellphone, but to no avail. Detectives have received calls about people who died in the area, but none of them were Martin.

“We have put a lot of effort into trying to assist the family in locating Mr. Martin, and we always hope that there hasn’t been any foul play, and that he’s just missing on his own and wants to be gone for a while,” said Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines.

“Hopefully he’ll return on his own soon, and he’ll be safe and we’ll be able to reunite the family.”

Crime Stoppers is currently offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for tips leading to the successful location of Martin. Those who may have seen him after noon Aug. 3 can contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-2587, or they can call the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 585-2100.