The discovery of three missing women in Cleveland alive is giving new hope to families of missing children, including the family of Morgan Martin in St. Petersburg.
Morgan hasn't been seen by her family in nine months. She disappeared from her home last July at 17 years old. Morgan was four months pregnant and just found out it was a girl.
Her mother Leah Martin says the last time she saw her daughter she had gone outside to talk to the baby's father. Martin says the past several months have been tiring, but the miraculous events in Ohio have given her reason to think more positively.
"If she is somewhere else, I just want to know that she's not being hurt. That's my big thing," said Leah Martin. "I just want to know that she isn't being hurt."
Martin feels that extra bit of hope mixed with fear. She thinks it's possible Morgan may not be alive, but after what happened in Cleveland, she just doesn't know.
"She's too connected to her family and friends to not have reached out to somebody, somewhere. But, like we see with these three girls, I mean there are circumstances that happen," Martin said.
Family and friends have left pages and pages of messages on a "Hope for Morgan Martin" Facebook page. They say "I love you", "I miss you", and "come home."
Martin says detectives are working hard. She's raising money for a reward that she hopes will lead to Morgan.
"Money talks. People really respond to it. And if there is anybody that just knows a little of something, that might help."
Martin says donations can be made to any Wells Fargo bank.
St. Pete Police Spokesman Mike Puetz says Morgan is still considered a missing person, but the case has been transferred over to homicide detectives.
Puetz says detectives have not found evidence of that a homicide has occurred, but homicide detectives are working the case because of how long Morgan has been gone and because there has been no communication from her.
Puetz says detectives are looking closely to the father of Morgan's baby for information and he has been cooperative. At this point, he is not a named suspect.
Morgan's 18th birthday was in December.
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