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« on: May 11, 2008, 12:04:23 PM »

Josh Hartman, 27, and Fiancee Ana Martin, 31, Missing Since May 8, 2008 from Oceanside Harbor, CA

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27 year old Josh Hartman and his 31 year old fiance Ana Martin have been missing since May 8, 2008. They were last seen heading out on their 32 foot boat, The Pelican, on Thursday morning from Oceanside Harbor, CA.

PICTURES of the couple can be seen here.

UPDATE I: The 32 foot boat belonging to Josh Hartman and Ana Martin washed ashore on a beach near Rosarito, Mexico. The couple was not on board the boat.

SAN DIEGO —  The fishing boat belonging to an Oceanside couple who went missing at sea this week has washed up on the beach near Rosarito, Mexico, authorities said.

No one was on board the 32-foot boat when it landed ashore Friday north of Rosarito, a beach community 20 miles south of the border, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jeremy Denning said.

An aerial search for the vessel named Pelican was called off, he said.
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 02:59:43 PM »

Not looking good.  Wonder what could have happened?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354886,00.html

U.S. Authorities Call Off Search for Missing Calif. Couple
Sunday , May 11, 2008





 SAN DIEGO —

Hope is fading for a California couple who vanished at sea this week off the coast of Mexico.

The U.S. Coastguard halted its search late Saturday for Josh Hartman, 28, and his fiancee, 30-year-old Ana Martin of Oceanside, Calif. after their boat washed up on a beach near Rosarito, Mexico, on Friday, authorities confirmed to FOX News.

Authorities said it is unlikely the couple could survive the 63 degree water temperature.

The 32-foot fishing boat, named "The Pelican," landed ashore just north of Rosarito, a beach community 20 miles south of the border, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jeremy Denning said.

Investigators have found no trace of either Hartman, who is an experienced boater, or Martin.

The Coast Guard suspended the 45-hour search for Hartman and Martin after authorities confirmed the boat belonged to the couple.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2008, 01:26:56 PM »

May 14, 2008

No clues to explain how boaters disappeared

Yesterday was Josh Hartman's 28th birthday.
Instead of celebrating, his family remained in seclusion at their Oceanside home, trying to understand how he and his fiancee disappeared from his fishing boat last week.

Hartman and Ana Martin, 30, have been missing since Thursday. The boat ran aground in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, the next day.

“It's all very strange. When the boat washed up, it still had the keys in the ignition,” Abraham Villalobos Camacho, spokesman for the Mexican navy in Ensenada, said yesterday.

The navy has had possession of the boat since it was found and will continue its investigation for about a week, Villalobos said. The case is considered a missing persons investigation, not a criminal one, he said.

Hartman and Martin disappeared when ocean swells were 1 to 2 feet and the water temperature was 63 degrees. The family believes they may somehow have fallen overboard. The U.S. Coast Guard calculated that survival time in the water was up to nine hours.

Villalobos said there were no signs of a struggle or violence on the boat.

Hartman, a commercial fisherman, left Oceanside early Thursday with Martin on board the 32-foot Pelican, owned by Hartman and his father and brother, both named Paul. At 3:30 p.m. Hartman called his brother to say they would be docking in an hour at Oceanside Harbor, where the family rents a slip.

The family launched an extensive search when the couple didn't return by nightfall. The next evening, the boat washed ashore in Rosarito Beach.

Villalobos said the boat had 198 pounds of fish aboard, Hartman's passport and Martin's Mexican voting card. She is from Guadalajara.

The couple planned to marry Aug. 16 in Guajome Regional Park in Oceanside, sister-in-law Sandra Hartman said.
“Everybody has theories, but nobody knows” what happened, she said.

The family said Josh Hartman often fished with the boat on autopilot. One theory is that he fell overboard and Martin jumped in to save him without thinking to turn off the engine, Sandra Hartman said. With the engine running, the boat could have continued into Mexican waters before running out of gas and washing ashore.

“There are 5,000 ways to fall off a boat,” Sandra Hartman said a fisherman friend told her. “The trick is to stay on.”
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2008, 12:09:33 PM »

OCEANSIDE: 'She met happiness through Josh'
Former manager describes missing woman as gorgeous, humble

 May 30, 2008
OCEANSIDE ---- It was instant. When Allison Johnson's son met Ana Martin five years ago, he "wanted to marry her right off the bat," she said.

One problem: her son was 12 years old.

But his reaction was very typical of how people who met Ana reacted to her, said Johnson, who was Martin's manager at La Bahia restaurant.

It was the first waitressing job Martin took after moving north from Mexico about five years ago.

"She was very humble and had a charisma about her that was instant," Johnson said. It didn't hurt that she was model-quality gorgeous and dressed in classy, elegant outfits, she said.

But Martin, 31, and missing at sea since going fishing with her fiance on May 8, resisted the long line of suitors, Johnson said. She had previously been in an arranged marriage in Mexico that was bad news, prompting her to leave the marriage and move to Oceanside to start over, she told Johnson.

"She came here to find a new life and be happy," Johnson said.

Hers was the stereotypical immigrant story. She worked tirelessly and saved money, Johnson said. She took classes and polished her once-broken English. And in Josh Hartman, she had finally found the future she coveted, Johnson said.

Hartman, 27, had left behind his previous career two years ago to make his living as a commercial fisherman out of Oceanside Harbor. He virtually lived at the harbor between fishing trips, his dad said, and met Ana last fall when she was working at Robin's Nest, a restaurant on the harbor.

The pair had a wedding planned at Guajome Regional Park in August.

"She met happiness through Josh and finally found what she was looking for," she said.

Hartman had the same reaction, said his father, Paul. He had dated other women, but none compared.

"He even said after a few weeks (with Martin), 'I don't know what I was thinking,' " Paul Hartman said.

Martin's fondness for Hartman stretched to the ultimate level: She even went fishing with him. She had just begun helping Hartman on the boat the week they disappeared, said Marsha Hartman, Josh's mother.

"She doesn't mind going out there and getting stinky," she said.

It was there, at sea, that the couple disappeared. Hartman's boat, The Pelican, washed ashore the following morning in Mexico, full of all their belongings but empty of gas. Investigations by the Mexican navy and U.S. Coast Guard found no evidence to suggest foul play, Coast Guard Lt. Jeremy Denning said.

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http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/05/30/news/coastal/oceanside/zc57641fac4383065882574590077f17e.txt
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2008, 01:31:37 PM »

Missing Couple's Boat Returned To U.S., Could Hold Clues

POSTED: 6:13 pm PDT June 24, 2008
UPDATED: 9:23 pm PDT June 24, 2008
OCEANSIDE -- They've been lost at sea for nearly two months. But investigators could now be one step closer to learning what happened to Josh Hartman and Ana Martin.

The couple took their boat, "The Pelican," out for a fishing trip seven weeks ago. They left from Oceanside and the empty boat washed ashore near Rosarito, one day later.

The Mexican navy conducted its investigation and recently returned the boat to Hartman's family.

10news reporter Jacqui Nguyen spoke with the family Tuesday and said it's been an agonizing seven weeks for them. However, they said that with the boat back home it can provide some important answers to the mysterious disappearance of Josh and Ana.

Josh's mother, Marsha, said, "We haven't given up hope yet."

But it's a bittersweet homecoming for the 32-foot commercial fishing boat.

"It was hard because we knew Josh wasn't there," she said.

The vessel is somewhat damaged and in disarray; barely functioning on one engine but her owner, Paul Hartman, feels a sense of relief she's in U.S. waters.

Now the real work begins, searching for answers onboard the boat to the mysterious disappearance of Josh and Ana.

"No one can physically tell us what happened or this is where they are," Josh's brother, Paul, said.

Perhaps the answers will be in the GPS and chart plotter.

"It will give us a timeline when -- at what point -- something could have happened," Paul said. "We can find out where exactly the boat was at, that day."

However, closing that chapter means accepting reality -- Josh and Ana are gone.

"You have your ups and downs," Marsha said. "It's very emotional. There might be news one day."

Mexican authorities say they'll continue to keep the case open. They believe the couple may have been kidnapped.

Meanwhile, family members say the U.S. Coast Guard is calling this case "an accident at sea." Their investigation is almost finished.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2008, 08:40:30 PM »

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She had previously been in an arranged marriage in Mexico that was bad news, prompting her to leave the marriage and move to Oceanside to start over, she told Johnson.

Hmmm,  I hope they plan to quesiton this man from her arranged marriage....
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008, 04:17:41 AM »

Most likely it was indeed a simple boating accident although one would hope that a commercial fisherman was experienced enough not to fall overboard in such a calm sea. I would wonder if the boat could simply be taken out to the approximate location of where the "docking in one hour" cell phone call was made. Chart a course for oceanside and see if the boat winds up on the same Mexican beach.

Other possibilites? Sure. No evidence of a vindictive first husband though. No evidence of some sort of interception at sea. No indications of a struggle aboard the vessel.
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