ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The boyfriend of the pregnant teen who went missing four years ago was charged with first-degree murder of the missing teen, according to St. Petersburg Police.
Detectives with the Cold Case Homicide Unit with St. Petersburg Police announced Monday there was a development in the case of Morgan Martin. She disappeared in July 2012. On the night she went missing she told her mother she was going to step outside to meet with the father of her unborn baby girl.
The 17-year-old has never been seen again. Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Jacobee Flowers spoke to the detectives during the investigation. He was a person of interest in the case. He denied being a father of the unborn baby.
He also tried to minimize his involvement with Martin. Investigators looked for other possible leads, but everything continued to point toward Flowers.
Detectives could not find Morgan after months of the investigation and eventually the case grew cold.
SPPD’s new Cold Case Unit reopened the case. Detectives re-interviewed witnesses, located and spoke with new witnesses, re-examined evidence, collected new evidence, analyzed data, and sought the assistance of other law enforcement experts. The detectives requested 21 subpoenas, nine search warrants, and 10 court orders as part of the investigation.
Detectives traveled extensively throughout Florida and to Alabama following the leads in Morgan’s disappearance.
Last Thursday the Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Jacobee Flowers with the First Degree Murder of Morgan Martin.
He is already in custody now on unrelated felony traffic charges. SPPD Chief Anthony Holloway announced the indictment at the press conference Monday.
Detectives believe that there are other people who have information about the teen’s disappearance and murder. They are asking those who have any information about the case to contact police. SPPD officers are committed to locating Morgan’s body so that her family can have a proper funeral for her and her unborn baby.
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