Ft. Bragg soldier still missing at Cape Lookout

Published: May. 24, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT
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A Fort Bragg soldier disappeared over the Memorial Day weekend. His family is now desperately searching for more information to find out where he is and what happened to him .

Enrique Roman-Martinez, 21, has been missing for more than five days now from a campsite at Cape Lookout. And while Cape Lookout officials say they are doing everything they can to find him, his sister, Griselda Martinez, is searching for answers. She's hoping to see her brother again soon.

Griselda said, "The last time that I talked to him was May 18. And we talked about how he was going to come live with me and my boyfriend."

Griselda lives in Chino, California, but the family is flying to the east to assist in search efforts.

From talking to friends camping with her brother at Cape Lookout, officials determined Enrique went missing from around midnight on May 22. He was reported missing around 7 p.m. the next day.Cape Lookout Public Information Officer B.G. Horvat says they've been looking for him ever since.

Horvat said, "There was a hasty search done by our park rangers who took the call. And then,The Coast Guard came and flew a helicopter above the water looking to see what they can find. They found nothing. North Carolina Marine Patrol came to help us out on Monday."

Fort Bragg is also assisting, but the weather is hindering their search.

Martinez says it's not her brother's character to just wander off alone. Plus, she says he was recovering from surgery.

"You mean to tell me he just walked off? There was no fight, no nothing?," Griselda said.

She says her brother doesn't take unnecessary risks. She explains he's kind, timid, and never goes anywhere without his glasses—in response to hearing that he left his friends without his glasses, his shirt, or supplies.

Griselda said, "He doesn't have great eyesight. So, I don't imagine him ever leaving his glasses. I lived with him He was my brother. We grew up together. He always took his glasses everywhere—to throw out the trash, as soon as he gets up in the morning."

Horvat says getting lost for too long at Cape Lookout rarely happens.

"It's not a very common thing to be lost for too long. Usually, people can find their way back to either the Sound Side Beach or the Ocean Side Beach," said Horvat.

Enrique's family is not giving up trying to find him.

Griselda said, "The eight that went with him are the only that last saw him. I want more answers."

Cape Lookout is still searching for me information too.

Horvat: "We're doing our best and trying to find him. And we're very concerned." "It's really a mystery." "My heart goes out to them."

Horvat also says they are now investigating the people who last saw Martinez. Live in Greenville, Tresia Bowles, WITN News.

If you have information about Martinez, please give the Carteret County Dispatch a call. That number is on our website, WITN-dot-com.

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Authorities are continuing to search for a soldier who disappeared Memorial Day weekend at Cape Lookout.

The National Park Service says Specialist Enrique Roman-Martinez was last seen Friday at his campsite at mile marker 46 on South Core Banks.

The next evening, friends reported the 21-year-old missing when he wasn't at his campsite all day.

Martinez, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, is described as a Latino man, 5'4, and 120 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and no t-shirt.

The man's hometown is Chino, California, and he arrived at Fort Bragg in March of 2017, according to the Army.

The U.S. Coast Guard, North Carolina Marine Patrol, and Cape Lookout Rangers are searching the area for the man. The Army says they're also allowing fellow soldiers to head to Cape Lookout to search for the specialist.

If you have any information about Martinez, you should call (252) 726-1911.

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Rangers are asking for the public's help finding a man who went missing on Cape Lookout.

According to the Cape Lookout National Seashore rangers, Enrique Roman- Martinez, 21, went missing on May 23 around 1 a.m. They say he walked away from his friends and family without supplies or water, and now they're not able to get in contact with him.

Martinez is described as a Latino male, 5'4, and 120 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and no t-shirt.

If you have seen Martinez, give the Carteret County Dispatch Office a call at 252-726-1911.