Skeletal remains identified as missing 20-year-old woman

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Skeletal remains discovered near a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have been identified as those of a 20-year-old woman from Georgia who had been missing for several months. The remains, found on January 5, 2024, belong to Maury-Ange Faith Martinez, who was last seen in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on August 28, 2023.

Martinez’s disappearance had puzzled authorities and her family since she was reported missing. According to the Cobb County Police Department, she vanished from an unincorporated area of Cobb County, though details surrounding her disappearance remain scarce.

The remains were located in a rural area close to the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, approximately 130 miles south of Nashville. The discovery has prompted a renewed investigation into the circumstances of her disappearance and death.

Martinez’s mother, Anita Darling, has been vocal about her daughter’s vibrant personality and passions. “She loved fashion, color, and photography, and she had a gift for making people feel good,” Darling shared. She recounted the day her daughter went missing, noting that she was on her way to pick her up when Martinez disappeared. The family continues to seek answers and closure.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about Martinez’s case to come forward. The investigation remains active, with police hoping that new leads will emerge to shed light on what happened to the young woman.

“We need to know what happened to her,” Darling said. “Her sisters deserve to know, and I deserve to know. If you know something, please step up and say something.”