Authorities locate missing Tennessee 23-month-old; capture man that disappeared with her during traffic stop
UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Shaw has been found safe and Martinez was captured.
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. – Tennessee authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for a 23-month-old girl they say disappeared during a traffic stop.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the suspect, 37-year-old Matias Martinez, took off on foot with Octavia Shaw during a traffic stop. TBI tweeted they have added Martinez to their Most Wanted list and are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Authorities released a photo taken from the dash cam footage of the traffic stop showing the clothing that they were last seen wearing.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says that at the time of the stop, due to the heat, deputies asked Martinez to stand by near the roadway in the shade with the infant while they detained the child’s grandmother for questioning. Deputies said she had open, active warrants.
Deputies said Martinez left with the child during that questioning.
Authorities describe Martinez as being Latin American, with brown eyes, and is approximately 5’ 10” tall.
Octavia Afiya Shaw was last seen wearing a light blue dress with ruffles, she weighs approximately 30 pounds and is 2 feet tall.
Anyone with any information regarding Martinez, the child, or their whereabouts should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.