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Police looking for missing NJ man who checked into Niagara Falls hotel

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police in New Jersey are looking for help finding a former Depew resident who checked into a Niagara Falls hotel.

On December 14, a missing person report was filed for 32-year-old New Jersey resident Joseph LaMartina.

The next day, police say he checked into the DoubleTree hotel in Niagara Falls (Buffalo Ave.) and checked out on the 16th.

Later, on January 2, two people at the Sheraton Hotel on 3rd St. say a man matching LaMartina's description approached them, asking for money to return to New Jersey.

On February 8, LaMartina's vehicle was recovered from the parking lot of the DoubleTree hotel.

LaMartina was described as having brown eyes and hair. He is 5'11", 160 lbs. and has a tattoo of a Sicilian horn on his right shoulder.

LaMartina's family traveled to Western New York from New Jersey on Saturday. They planned on returning Monday evening, unless any new clues could be uncovered.

"Why did he go to Niagara Falls?" Mary LaMartina, his mother, wondered. "Who was he going to meet?"

His family says LaMartina lived in Depew for about six months as a medical sales representative. He moved back to New Jersey about three years ago.

"I don't know why he left," Mary LaMartina said. "If anyone sees him, if anyone hears of his, please notify the police."

Anyone with information on LaMartina's whereabouts can call Niagara Falls police at (716) 286-4522.


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