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Cold Case: What Happened to Brian Kent Martin?

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By A.J. Giardina - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - What happened to Brian Martin? No one really knows. Biloxi investigator Mike Manna took over the case in 2005.

"Missing adults are hard to deal with because of the fact that we don't treat them the same as a missing child," Manna stated.

Martin was 20 years old when he and his family moved from Atlanta to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1997.

Manna said, "He had gotten into trouble in Georgia and they brought him here to try and clean up his act. The family stayed for about a year, a year-and-a-half. The family moved back to Georgia and Brian stayed behind."

Robyn Martin, Brian's mom, told me over the telephone that her son had a big heart and a quick temper. She said you didn't want to cross the construction worker who stood 6-feet-1 inch tall, and weighed between 240 to 250 pounds.

Martin was living in the Lexington Apartments off Pass Road in Biloxi.

Investigator Manna says something happened and the end result apparently wasn't good.

"He was a clubber, a night life type person," Manna said. "So he was out in the community a lot. And sometime in December of 2001 he disappeared." 

Brian Martin hung out at South Beach nightclub in Biloxi. The building was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and is no longer standing.

Manna said Brian also spent time at the Biloxi Bombay Bicycle Club and had friends in Pascagoula.

"At this point in time I do believe there is some kind of foul play involved with his disappearance," Manna stated. "I don't think that he was one that would have up and wanted to disappear."

Martin's Mom says her daughter was the last family member to actually speak with him, in March of 2001. She wanted to know if her brother was going to attend her wedding in Tennessee and he said, "No." When asked how he was doing, he said, "I do what I have to to survive."

Months went by and Robyn was unable to get in touch with her son. She traveled to Biloxi and Brian was no where to be found.

On September 4, 2001, the mother of Brian Martin filed a missing persons report with the Biloxi Police Department. 

Investigator Manna said since Martin didn't have any type of transportation, he relied on his friends and roommates to get around.

"If they left a place or location, he was right there with whoever was driving. He never stayed at any location by himself without some type of vehicle available. But being the fact that he relied on everybody for transportation, there's got to be people out there that know him," Manna said.

On December 30, 2000 records show that Martin went to a pawn shop in Biloxi and sold a Nintendo game. The Biloxi Police Department has the pawn ticket.

Investigators say that's one of the few pieces of evidence they have. Another is a photo of Martin with an unidentified female.

Manna said he needs help from the public.

"I would like for anybody who had any contact or who knew Brian, give us a call to give us any information that we could possibly use to find out his location, where he may be or any information, if there was foul play involved, to tell us something that we could further this investigation."

Martin's mother wants closure. She's hoping someone on the coast can cast away the clouds of uncertainly, and solve this missing case.

If anyone has information to the whereabouts of Brian Martin, call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 435-6112.

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