What happened to Emilio Martinez-Rodriguez?
Posted in the Tampa Forum
#1 Sep 25, 2012
Did someone trick him into informing and then get him murdered??
TAMPA — Candles standing in neat rows in the driveway flickered and illuminated posters pleading for Emilio Martinez-Rodriguez's safe return.
Friends held vigils outside his north Tampa home and prayed for answers. Kacee, his wife pregnant with their first child, hoped it was all just a bad dream.
A week and a day since Martinez-Rodriguez, 34, vanished, maintenance workers Thursday discovered a body and a car police believe are his, in a vacant lot about 8 miles from his home.
Tampa police can't say for certain it's the man who left to get his wife Chinese food the evening of Dec. 15 and never made it back — only the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner can do that. A positive identification is expected today.
But the body matched Martinez-Rodriguez's description. And police positively identified his missing 2007 Toyota Camry at the scene, said Andrea Davis, a police spokeswoman.
"Kacee ... is very distraught," her father, Andy Urso, 55, of Austin said Thursday night. "She's holding up as best she can, but she's obviously drained."
Nine years ago, Kacee's brother encouraged her to meet his best friend from Hillsborough Community College.
Martinez-Rodriguez was from Puerto Rico. After a year at the University of Puerto Rico, he left to join the Army. Four years later, in 1999, he said goodbye to his buddies in the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, N.C., and took a job as a diesel mechanic in Tampa.
With an eye on a business administration degree, Martinez-Rodriguez enrolled at HCC.
He and Kacee met through A.J. Urso, his best friend and her brother.
Later, at a celebration to mark Kacee's graduation from college, Martinez-Rodriguez proposed. They honeymooned in the Poconos.
Most recently, he worked as a supervisor at Nextran Trucking and attended Grace Family Church in Lutz.
The couple, now married four years, recently found out she was pregnant. Kacee Martinez said her husband cried after hearing the child's heartbeat.
One night last week, she had a headache and wasn't feeling well. He kissed her and went out to get food.
Later that evening, a neighbor text messaged Kacee about a suspicious man in the alley.
She opened her door and found a grocery bag with Mug root beer in it — her favorite.
Surveillance video from outside a neighbor's home showed Martinez-Rodriguez's car driving toward his house, and a man running up the street as Martinez-Rodriguez passed by.
Kacee reported her husband missing.
Tony Howard, 50, has been using crutches lately and hadn't done his rounds at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay in a couple of weeks, he said.
The maintenance man and his son were tending to a vacant lot across the street from the society's mosque on Orient Road near Sligh Avenue when they saw a gray Camry with the doors open and what appeared to be bleach stains on the carpet.
Howard told his son not to touch the car. "I knew it was stolen because all the doors were open," he said.
They called an administrator from the mosque and reported the car to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 11:38 a.m., said Debbie Carter, a sheriff's spokeswoman.
Minutes later, Howard called to report a body.
"He was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans," he recalled — a description of what police said Martinez-Rodriguez was seen wearing before he disappeared.
Davis said the death appeared to be a homicide, but would not disclose the manner.
Martinez-Rodriguez's family was notified of the discovery.
A.J. Urso, 29, of Austin, said he last saw his brother-in-law two weeks ago when he came to town for another solemn occasion, the funeral of a beloved uncle.
He never thought this would be how his friendship ended.
"I thought we would grow old together and our kids would play with each other," he said. "Well, my kids will still play with his."
Times researcher John Martin and staff writer Amy Scherzer contributed to this report.
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#2 Sep 25, 2012
PropertyFireLess than a minute ago
This happened at the Alpine Truck stop down the street from Greenwise Market. It was actually the third incident of "tire threats" in three or four days. All on video. So these folks would be on video this past Monday behaving veryoddly along with others. Anda cop and an unmarked cop regularly sit there helping the river rats with the trafficking and such. Slit the tires, flip people dead.You are nothing but the walking dead inside. And outside. You will hear my laughter just behind your ear and any time you believe you have done somethng well: rememer, I am laughingat you,Old Norma. I am not going to keep your insane family's crazy secrets so you can continue your dank life o crime against people of Tampa. Silly old woman
PropertyFireLess than a minute ago
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This happened at the Alpine Truck stop down the street from Greenwise Market. It was actually the third incident of "tire threats" in three or four days. All on video. So these folks would be on video this past Monday behaving veryoddly along with others. Anda cop and an unmarked cop regularly sit there helping the river rats with the trafficking and such. Slit the tires, flip people dead.You are nothing but the walking dead inside. And outside. You will hear my laughter just behind your ear and any time you believe you have done somethng well: rememer, I am laughingat you,Old Norma. I am not going to keep your insane family's crazy secrets so you can continue your dank life o crime against people of Tampa. Silly old half baggerwoman
PropertyFireLess than a minute ago
With the relatively young Grandma, the important uncle (his position is very lucrative and important to the gang that has taken over tampa) and this husband so young the wife cannot help but be thinking her family is being targeted. In fact, people from Robinson or closer probably perped it. My family was attacked in this fashion. Three horrendous deaths w/in 18 months. Lately for the past couple of years locals have people I probably wont recognize pass on threats. One of them locally was done by a green knda junky ford (i think didn't look too good) SUV dark green, three black people including one youngr girl maybe a teen who followed me twice into and out of a store.AJQ M12. The night before that at Barnes with the criminal fire dept who also surrounded this guy's house as neighbors (lots of weird stuff went on there didn'it? just like here) anyway, this huge black guy pulls up again in a dark green suv, not the same one . he's a big black-latino dude. And he just takes hs tire ot of his truck and leans it on the car one car from mne. The ones at the store were just squatted staring at their tire. The young girl (but only from behind me as she had already ben in andout but I paid them no attention) kept yeling. What's wrong with thetire? What's wrng??? S here are two instances I can document gang members threatening me in the manner this man was killed (blown or slit tire?) but TPD has still not bothered finding a killer and it's said hewas working as an informant. They probably trcked him in to it. Many many dirttycops in south tampa and sounds like they don't want them in firefighter neighborhood. Someone better warn this lady ..... and somone better get their nasty gang off me, Old Norma. You embarrass me.
srd275640 days ago
Lord have mercy on his soul. My he watch over his wife and child to be and keep them safe from now on.
#4 Sep 25, 2012
Ms. Urso Martinez-Rodriguez must note the proximity of all the firemen in the area, the firehouse, the corner activity, wellswood itself and all of the "confidential" property right around her in that neighborhood. Very odd doings. The one article does a lot of talking about how the video proves he never made it in his house but doesn't say anything else. WTF?
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