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VIDEO: Human remains found recently identified as Martinez

Rockhampton man Robert Martinez.
Rockhampton man Robert Martinez. Contributed

POLICE have identified the human remains found at a Rockhampton property as missing man Robert Martinez.

"It is certainly a day of sadness and tragic to the families," Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said.

Robert's mother Julie Martinez and sister Helen, along with the parents of missing Rockhampton woman Chantal Barnett, Glen and Natalie, addressed the media a short time ago.

Chantal and Robert have been missing since February/March 2013. 

Det Snr Sgt Moon read a prepared statement on behalf of Julie and the Martinez family.

"Obviously this is not the outcome we were hoping for," the statement read.

"We were all hoping for a miracle. Robert meant everything to us.

"Now we have to focus on finding Chantal."

Julie and Helen Martinez as police announce human remains recently found on a property off Bowlin Rd belong to their family member Robert.
Julie and Helen Martinez as police announce human remains recently found on a property off Bowlin Rd belong to their family member Robert.

Robert's sister has urged anyone who knows anything to come forward to police.

"We need answers," Helen Martinez said.

Glen Barnett, as he urged people with information to come forward, said Chantal has two children aged 13 and 11 who miss her a lot.

Det Snr Sgt Moon said the search for more of Robert's remains and for Chantal will continue as long as need be.

He said after yesterday's $250,000 reward announcement, police had received a number of calls.

"We will follow each and every lead," Det Snr Sgt Moon.

"We will not stop until we resolve this investigation."

Topics:  chantal barnett, editors picks, murder, robert martinez, rockhampton crime




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