by: Claudia Rivero
17-year-old Morgan Martin was four months pregnant when she vanished on July 25, 2012. According to published reports the St. Petersburg, Florida teenager had just learned that she was having a girl and left her home that night to share the news with Jacobee Flowers, the man she said was her baby's father. Morgan never returned.
On Monday, June 27, four years later and after a 13-month long investigation by a cold case squad, 28-year-old Flowers was charged with the murder of Morgan Martin. According to reports when confronted with the grand jury’s decision Flowers, who’s already behind bars on unrelated felony traffic charges, did not show any emotion and refused to speak to investigators. St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway, told local media that Flowers “duped” Morgan into meeting him then killed her. Police have not said how Morgan died, and her remains have never been found.
Morgan’s story is similar in some ways to the disappearance of Janteyl Johnson of Newark, DE. Both teens were pregnant when they vanished, and the last individuals they allegedly had contact with were the fathers of their unborn children. The New Castle County Police confirm that detectives did question the man believed to be the father of Janteyl’s baby shortly after she disappeared but to no avail. Few details have ever been released about Janteyl’s case except that she may be traveling with an older man and could be in Pennsylvania or Delaware. According to her family, phone records indicate the last person Janteyl spoke with the afternoon of February 3, 2010 was her baby’s father and that police considered him an investigative lead. One of his relatives also confirmed to me that her family member and his mother were questioned by police regarding Janteyl’s disappearance. For now we are not releasing his name on this blog.
Janteyl’s parents continue to search for answers and remain steadfast in their dedication to finding justice for their daughter and grandchild. They urge anyone with information on Janteyl’s whereabouts to come forward.
As for the Morgan Martin case, her alleged killer, Jacobee Flowers, remains the only suspect in her disappearance. He’s scheduled to appear in court in St. Petersburg in July.