|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1952|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1983|
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DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVID?
-Sister still hopes for answers in brother's disappearance-
It has been almost 30 years since Jasper, Alabama resident Martha Parker saw her little brother, but she continues to hold out hope that someone knows what happened to him on Aug. 29, 1983.
Parker was the last person to see her brother, David Martin, and she said last week that she would give anything to be able to go back to that day.
"He came by my house and wanted to talk, but I was too tired and told him I would talk to him the next day," Parker said with tears in her eyes. "I just wish I could go back and talk to him one more time. It hurts so bad to not be able to tell him that I love him or tell him goodbye."
Martin went missing on Aug. 29, 1983. That afternoon he left his West Jasper home with a friend in a Dodge Charger. The men were headed to Nauvoo to sell blue jeans.
Parker said the family was gravely concerned as early as that evening. Martin's mother had a broken leg at the time, and he was always home before dark to take care of her, Parker said.
A few weeks later, the Dodge Charger was found in a strip pit near Nauvoo. It had been set on fire twice, once with gasoline and once with diesel fuel.
The family filed a missing persons report, but no leads to Martin's whereabouts could be established -- something that hasn't changed over the years, Parker said.
"We've had a few leads over the years, but we haven't heard anything new in a long time," she said.
Parker said that she contacts various news agencies each year on the anniversary of Martin's disappearance, because she feels that someone out there knows what happened to her brother.
"He was a good little fella," she said as her voice trembled. "He would give you the last penny in his pocket or the shirt off his back."
Parker said she hopes that years of guilt will finally weigh too heavy on those who know the location of Martin's remains.
"I don't care about revenge," she said. "I just want to go to the graveyard and tell my mother we found him."
"We're just begging that someone would come forward and tell us something," she said. "I love my brother. We know he's gone, but we'd like to know what happened. It would give us some closure."
Anyone with information about Martin may contact the Walker County Sheriff's Office at 205-302-6464 or even make an anonymous call to Martin's Garage at 205-221-9380.
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Specifically: Circumstances of Death Unknown
Created by: SSBJ💔
Record added: Aug 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96115840
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