Missing Pleasanton Teen Found Dead in Newark Believed to be Patricia Martin

Family and friends have confirmed the 17-year-old's death via social media sites.

Editor's note: Scroll using the blue bar at the right in the box above to see what others are saying about the reported death of Patricia Martin, a Pleasanton teen found dead in Newark Friday morning.

Word quickly spread Friday evening that a teenager found dead in a Newark motel room was a Pleasanton teen who was reported missing four days prior.

Family and friends confirmed through social media means that the teen was Patricia Martin, a 17-year-old girl reported missing on Monday.

On Friday morning, Newark police found a 17-year-old Pleasanton girl and a 24-year-old Livermore man dead at the E-Z 8 Motel.

Authorities have not confirmed that the 17-year-old victim is Martin, but a post on the Missing! Bring Tricia Martin Home Facebook page and several other posts indicate the victim is the missing teen.

Condolences for the teenager, known as Tricia to friends and family, also surfaced on Facebook and Twitter from people who knew her well and others who have met Tricia in passing.

Kathleen Martin, who has been quoted in the Pleasanton Weekly as the missing teen's mom, wrote on her Facebook, "I miss my baby. May she find comfort and peace in heaven. I love you more than the day before Tricia."

On Facebook, a user named Josiah wrote, "Rest in Peace Tricia Martin. You were such a great friend. You are in a better place now, my thoughts and prayers reach out to the Martin family."

Twitter user Alaina_T wrote "i didn't know tricia martin but my heart goes out to her family and friends. RIP."

Police found the teenager unresponsive around 11:48 a.m. Friday when the Newark Police Department responded to Newark's EZ-8 Motel located at 5555 Cedar Court after employees reported an unconscious male and female inside a motel room.

The man and woman had sustained . Newark police said they are investigating this incident as a murder-suicide or double suicide.

Pleasanton police said they were notified at 1:30 p.m. by Newark police about the bodies discovered in the motel. Martin was listed as an "endangered runaway" by Pleasanton police early this week.

A vigil has yet to be scheduled, but Village High School announced on its Facebook page that counselors would be available Saturday.

Patch will continue to following as more developments about this incident come.

Kimberly Brown-O'Neill September 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I have two missing teen girls who are runaways 14 & 15 in the San Francisco area and every day their father and I worry about them and the police are doing nothing. I know first hand the horror that fallows the family every day. My heart and prayers are with the family and friends. I hope you find straight for these years to come. May she rest in piece.
Robert Bosch September 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Parents these days are so obsessed with themselves that makes things like this more common. How can you let your daughters go out like that without setting a curfew? Completely irresponsible!
kris smith September 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
@kooni jndoo, I'm not sure if it's the parents that are obsessed with themselves or obsessed with keeping up with the all the other parents out there. I moved to Pleasanton 5 years ago to raise my children in what I thought was a nice place to raise a family. The truth is, it's not. I'm not ashamed to say it, but these families are so busy trying to out due one another that the children are being put on the back burner and there is no quality time being spent with their children. It's a lot about whose kids has more stuff, which family has the nicest house, better vehicle, These parents that I know personally and chose not to be friends with are all about the exterior and not teaching their children to be comfortable with who they are, but what they should be. These kids are lonely souls!!!!
kris smith September 16, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Sorry typo. kooni jondoo.
DAVE McCULLOUGH September 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Kris very nicely put and you've "hit the nail on the head" prefectly back when my folks were alive I remember we move to P-town oh 1967-8 dad would call it "Keeping up with the Jones's" and he never cared for that or those who did. We/I had an awesome childhood growing up there but today the "Jones's" are abundant and the townspeople are changed forever and the children will ultimately pay the bill
s. campbell September 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
shame on all of you... you don't know anything until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Easy to judge. I am so sorry for this family. Makes me so angry to hear people do anything but offer their sympathy
Steve September 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Terrible tragedy. To try and generalize and compare this to your situation or any other and make judgment is both cruel and inhumane. A mother and father lost their child and I hope their community and family is there for them. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
RT September 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
if you knew your daughter needed help did you try and help here get it ? im so sorry for your loss. we never stop being parents,no matter how old are children get,and there is nothing wrong with that,its called love. Prayers be with you and your families.
person of heart September 17, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Susan C September 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Keep your judgments to yourself and let the bereaved mother grieve the loss of her daughter. Shaking my head over the insensitivity and superciliousness I see here.
Eugenia Syro September 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You could just as well be describing the parents in Clayton, Concord and Walnut Creek.
Melissa September 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I personally know the Martin family and to those of you saying that the parents were obsessed with themselves, you are not only wrong, but very ignorant. This mother is grieving the loss of her daughter and all you want to do is pass judgement. That is disgusting and insensitive. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Crypticpainter September 18, 2012 at 04:29 AM
hahah @kris smith. You are so ignorant! Pleasanton is nice and I'm sorry that you thought that you were moving to a place you thought you weren't going to have to work so hard to be a parent. NEWS FLASH! There are worse places in the world and there is crime and kidnappers and drug addicts and bullies everywhere! There are plenty of parents to cast blame on out there, but do you know if she's one of them before putting your ignorant comment up? I grew up here in Pleasanton and I am raising kids here and I come from a blue collar family. A family that followed me everywhere in highschool and had all my friends parents up at all hours of the night looking for me to drag me home to ground me yet again and you know what? shit happens and you with kids should know better.
Pleasanton Mom September 18, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Why would anyone make such comments or judge the actions of Tricia's mother without knowing her? Why cause more pain for a mother that is already grieving? This was far from an absentee mother. She was raising Tricia alone after losing her husband and Tricia's father a mere 13 months ago. She worked really hard and was a great mother. She was known to have Tricia's friends at her house, my own included, because she was involved in Tricia's life and welcomed her friends. Please show some respect and let her grieve. She is dealing with more loss than most of us will ever experience in a lifetime. It's time for us to support her and her family and not say horrible things that are completely false. These comments also hurt all those that loved Tricia, most of which are children themselves and that are in a state of shock. Please just let them grieve in peace and post your hate somewhere else. @melissa: well put and I really appreciate you speaking up as someone who also knows the family involved. I instantly have tears rolling down my face when I read these heartless comments and I just can't even imagine how Mrs. Martin feels/will feel if she is/does read them. She deserves to be spoken up for and I encourage you to continue to post about the family you know.
tc September 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I don't believe there is any passing of judgement here. The town is what it is and there is good and bad like anywhere else. Tricia had her own problems and whether or not it involved her family is regardless now. She was a very nice girl and well loved by many. She just had her own thing going on. God Bless her Soul and God Bless her family and the family of the other victim.
tc September 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I really wish Pleasanton had a large TEEN CENTER - where there were other activities to do for kids who are not sports minded... a teen I know well, brought this up to the city council a long time ago and they've yet to even act on it....
Frederick Joseph Lombardi September 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I feel for the parents, you should move your children out of california. It is a fascist irish hating, white hating state that enables things like scared straight and encourages prison rapes, pimping, drig dealing, disarmament and lack of equal protection through "decriminalization" ( which in itself is just an excuse to push a communist agenda), all of which is completely overt psuchological warfare known as ideological subversion. California should be taken over by the federal government and legislature should goto jail. Guadalupe hidalgo treaty article 5 paragraph 4 which clearly states " The boundary line established by this article shall be religiously respected by each of the two republics, and no change shall ever be made therein, except by the express and free consent of both nations, lawfully given by the General Government of each, in conformity with its own constitution." THE LAW IS THE LAW - LONG LIVE DRACO!
Diamond September 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
This article is not about you or what you think of Pleasanton. A beautiful young life was lost and you should be offering nothing but sympathy and love to the family she left behind.God bless and comfort her mother and loved ones through this terrible time and always.
tc September 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM
way to go Diamond!
tc September 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Tricia was a great kid, she was friends with my kids, they all had great praise regarding her, this is a terrible time for everyone.
cheryl trulove December 07, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I lost my son to a violent crime in 2006 and I know what this family is going through, and for some one else to speak out of turn should be ashamed of themselves. For one thing until you lose someone like this you have no Idea what its like to go through this kind of gut wrenching turmoil, and to try to blame the parents is just heartless. So Please keep your unjust comments to yourself. To the Family and Friends, I can't express the sorrow I feel for your loss and even though I know right now you don't think it's possible, time will make it easier. I can't make it better , but I stand on Fathers promise that one day you will all be together again. <3


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