UPDATE: On Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:50 am, Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Boy Scout Road and Moses Road on a report by a citizen advising they observed Matias Martinez with the missing child, Octavia Afiya Shaw. Deputies immediately responded and upon arrival at 6:53 am, took Martinez into custody and located Shaw. The child was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for an assessment.
Matias Martinez is presently in custody and will be booked on a charge of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.
When captured, Martinez was found in possession of a bicycle. Anyone missing a bicycle in the area of Boy Scout Road is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office and file a report.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the United States Marshall Service, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County EMS, local news outlets and citizens for their assistance in locating the missing child, Octavia Afiya Shaw.
The HCSO would also like to thank our local media for their efforts to help get the word out about this incident in order to help locate Octavia Shaw.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies effected a traffic stop at the intersection of Dayton Pike and Boy Scout Road. The subject vehicle was driven by a female and contained her two-year-old infant granddaughter and a Latin American male.
At the time of the stop, due to the heat, deputies asked the male subject to stand by near the roadway in the shade with the infant while they detained the female for questioning after finding out she had open, active warrants. During the course of the questioning, it became apparent to the deputies that the male individual had left the scene with the child. Deputies immediately began to search the area for the individual to no avail.
The male party is described as a 37-year-old Latin American male identified as Matias Martinez. Martinez has a valid Massachusetts’s driver’s license, brown eyes, and is approximately 5’ 10” tall.
The name of the female infant is Octavia Afiya Shaw and she is two-years old. She was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs approximately 30 pounds and is 2 feet tall. She has a bi-racial complexion.
Anyone with any information regarding Martinez, the child, or their whereabouts should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.
Local law enforcement are currently searching the area where Martinez was last seen with the child.
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