TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

October 14, 2012

Missing Whitley County couple found safe


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Becky Killian

Editor

A Whitley County couple that had been missing for a week was found in Georgia Sunday morning, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Homer Martin, 80, and his wife Jeanette Martin,  77, went to a gas station in St. Marys, Ga., about 8:15 a.m. and asked someone to call the local police. Harrell said the couple had no money and no gas left in their vehicle.

Police in that city are caring for the couple while a family member flies to Georgia.

A Golden Alert issued Friday for the couple was cancelled.

Before they were found, the couple had last been seen at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at their home on Black Diamond Road in Corbin by Jeanette Martins’ daughter, Billie Lancaster. They had left their cell phone, medications and all their clothes at their home.

Harrell said the Martins, who have a home in Florida, had visited Earl Frazier, of Bellevue, Fla., Thursday afternoon. The couple were there about 20 minutes and had asked Fraziers' help in finding their house, which is located in the national forest.

Harrell said Frazier couldn't help the couple, but he had suggested they go to city hall to see if an official could help them.

Harrell said finding the couple Sunday brought a positive resolution to a case he had found particularly worrisome.

"The prayers are answered," Harrell said.