EquuSearch organizer says search to focus on property of “‘person of interest’
The search for a missing gay Madison County resident now thought to be dead will resume this weekend, according to the search team leader.
Jimmy Martin, 33, was last seen in his hometown of Normangee, south of Dallas on Interstate 45, on Aug. 6. His car was found two days later burned in Centerville, which is in the neighboring county of Leon.
Frank Black, a search organizer for Texas EquuSearch, said new information has been received pointing to an area near the home of a person of interest in connection with Martin’s disappearance.
“I think we have a real good chance of finding him this weekend,” Black said. “Hopefully, we will be able to bring him home to his mother.”
A previous search by the organization in August failed to locate Martin’s body, but the new information has increased the chances of success, Black said. The area being searched is heavily wooded and brushy.
“I’m determined to find this guy,” Black said. “I’ve got some good people coming to help.”
When Martin was last seen, he was with a group of people. Someone else reportedly was driving his car.
Law enforcement officials in Leon County where Martin’s car was found believe it was used to run over a woman before it was set on fire.
Black said that Martin was “real well liked” in his hometown. He was known to frequent Houston’s gay area.
The search will be conducted on Saturday and again on Sunday if he is not found the first day. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the search should meet at the Church of Christ in Normangee at 300 Main St. at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday or on Sunday. Volunteers will be assigned to search teams.
“We would be glad to have them,” Black said. “The more people we have enhances our chances of finding him.”
Texas EquuSearch is a mounted search and recovery team that operates a Web site dedicated to missing people. It previously searched for Martin for three days in the farm lands in Leon and Madison Counties.
For information visit www.texasequusearch.org.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 12, 2007