City on edge as authorities try to identify John Doe charged with murdering Victoria Martens | KOB 4

City on edge as authorities try to identify John Doe charged with murdering Victoria Martens

Joy Wang
June 30, 2018 10:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As if the case of Victoria Martens's death wasn't horrifying enough, our community is now left with a bombshell revelation.


A fourth suspect, still unidentified, could be walking the streets of our city.

“After initiating this process in June of 2017 we received startling information from the state lab regarding the presence of an unknown male profile on Victoria's body," District Attorney Raul Torrez.

Law enforcement is now left with a daunting task—how to find the John Doe?

And what will it take to bring him to justice?

These new developments come as Victoria's mother, Michelle Martens, took a plea deal on Friday.

“It's just concerning that there's somebody out there that's liable for the little girl that got hurt and, being that I'm a mother, it's very concerning that they're out there walking around and we don't know—we could cross paths with him at any time,” said one concerned mother who wanted to remain anonymous.

It's not clear who John Doe is, but so far authorities do know who John Doe is not. The state confirmed Friday the unidentified male whose DNA was found on Victoria did not belong to Fabian Gonzales, one of the three suspects originally charged with Victoria's murder.

“You run into so many different people during the day and you don't know any of their backstory,” said Breeanna Davis-Gill, another local concerned mother.

That revelation is now leaving the community on high alert.

“It was frustrating to see that, but as long as they're dedicated to figuring out what's actually going on," Davis-Gill said. "That's what I'm worried about is making sure that this doesn't happen again."

The DA’s office says investigators have already tested that DNA against other persons of interest.

But they're asking the public for help too.

“The Albuquerque Police Department is working hand-in-hand with the DA's office and anyone with information on the Victoria Martens case,” said APD Spokesperson Simon Drobik. “Any tips in the past that they think isn't a big deal probably is a big deal and could break the case wide open.”


Joy Wang

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