Police are looking for a Petaluma man who failed to show up for work on June 3, and has been missing ever since. While Roy Martinez, 51, has previously taken off unannounced during bouts of depression, his wife said he showed no signs of distress in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.
"This is very unusual," said a weary Barbara Martinez on Monday. "He had not been indicating any depression lately. He is a devoted father; I can't understand what happened to him."
She said he left for his office at Exit Strategies Group on East Washington Street that Tuesday morning as usual, wearing business attire and seeming "perfectly normal." When she got home that evening, she found a voicemail from his office inquiring why he hadn't shown up for work that day.
"That was the first red flag I had," she said.
By the morning of June 5, he still wasn't home. "That's when I decided I had to call the police," Barbara Martinez said.
After tracking his cellphone, police found his car the next day, June 6, on Fairground Drive near Payran Street. Inside the vehicle, they found his car keys, wallet, cellphone, the clothes he wore to work and, most alarmingly to his wife, his eye glasses.
"He wears them all the time," she said. "He is near-sighted. His vision is blurry without them."
That's when Petaluma police said the case transitioned from a routine missing person report to a full-fledged investigation.
"The fact that everything was left behind, that makes this suspicious," said Detective Lance Novello, who is handling the case for the Petaluma police. "Usually with missing person cases, they're home by now, within 24 hours. Or at least there's been some sort of activity you can chart."
Novello added that there's been no "digital footprint" since Roy Martinez disappeared, meaning no bank account transactions or activity on his social media accounts or email. A tracking dog was brought to the car, and followed a scent toward the library, where the trail went cold.