‘Devastating news’: Missing Palm Bay man found dead, police say

PALM BAY, Fla. — Palm Bay police say their search for a 78-year-old man with dementia and hearing loss has ended


Police say Angel Luis Martinez was last seen on video footage from a home in the 1500 block of Raymore St. NW on Saturday, May 4th, at approximately 4:45 a.m.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of Angel’s passing,” a statement from Palm Bay Police Department Lieutenant Virginia Kilmer said Tuesday afternoon. “Despite our efforts, Angel was found deceased.”

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In a short video clip released by police, Martinez didn’t appear to be distressed, but he did seem confused, walking slowly and pausing to look around the area.

No other people were seen around Martinez, and he wasn’t using his wheelchair or walker, according to police.

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Police shared the video, urging members of the community with homes or businesses in the area where Martinez was last seen to review their own ring cameras and other security footage for sightings of him or anything else that might help them find him.

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Lt. Kilmer’s statement goes on to commend the Palm Bay citizens who did contact investigators with possible leads on Martinez’s location.

“We are moved by our community’s commitment to finding Angel,” Lt. Kilmer continued. “The broadcast filtered through our media partners and calls from our dedicated citizens were instrumental in locating Angel and bringing closure to his family during this difficult time.”

Police have not said exactly where they located Martinez or how he died.

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