Lana Martinez

URGENT: Young girl disappears while taking out trash, family finds trash bag on steps outside door

Texas authorities are searching for a young San Antonio girl who disappeared on August 3, shortly after she left the home to take out the trash.

MySA reports that 14-year-old Allana “Lana” Nicole Martinez was last seen on the afternoon of August 3, off of the 11000 block of Perrin Beitel Road, on San Antonio’s Northeast area. According to Missing Pieces Network, a non-profit advocacy organization for missing children and adults, Lana was babysitting her younger siblings between 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the day in question. She walked out briefly to take the trash out and never returned home. The trash bag was found sitting by on the staircase near the front door of her family’s apartment home.

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A San Antonio Police Department spokesperson said officers did a thorough search of the area and didn’t find any traces of Lana. Her parents said she left her cellphone behind and didn’t have any belongings with her when she vanished.

KENS 5 reports that Lana’s father, Benjamin Martinez, said that Lana didn’t make it completely down the stairs with the trash after she left the family’s second-floor apartment. Her little brother and cousin were playing video games when Lana left. When the children realized she hadn’t returned after a while, they walked around the complex looking for Lana but couldn’t find her.

“They realized she’d been gone to look so they went all the way around the block and around the apartments,” Martinez said.

According to police, a few people called in with possible sightings of Lana in the Thousands Oak/Wetmore area of San Antonio’s Northeast side. The callers said they saw someone who matched Lana’s description with a white male in his 60’s. Police have not confirmed whether they’ve found the man for questioning.

Lana stands 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing dark shorts and a red tank top.

Anyone with any information on Lana’s whereabouts should contact SAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 210-207-7660.

[Feature Photo: Lana Hernandez/Handout]