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Deputies searching for missing 12-year-old boy in Clackamas County

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12-yr-old Malic Martinez (Courtesy: CCSO) 12-yr-old Malic Martinez (Courtesy: CCSO)
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Deputies are searching for a 12-year-old boy who went missing from his home in Clackamas County near Brightwood Tuesday afternoon.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Malic Martinez was last seen leaving his home in the 58000 block of Highway 26 around 4 p.m. 

Family members first reported Martinez missing soon after he left, but deputies told his family to wait for a short time to see if he would come home on his own. Search and rescue teams were later dispatched after Martinez failed to return later that night. 

“He's had a couple of bad days, it sounds like. He's had some issues where he is a little despondent over a past relationship and things like that so that obviously causes us a little more concern,” Sgt. Sean Collinson said. “So we really don't know what's going through his mind right now.”

Martinez's family said he may have been upset about a relationship and his cell phone had been taken away. They were very concerned about him. 

While no one yet has heard from Martinez, investigators hope his friends may be able to provide a connection.

“We have possession of that (the phone), and so we have been calling the friends that have been trying to contact him in hopes he has made some other form of communication,” Collinson said.

Deputies believe Martinez headed south into a wooded area behind his home. Search and rescue crews are actively searching the area. 

He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, black or gray gym shorts, black Nike track shoes and a backpack.

Martinez’s family believes he may have been attempting to go to see his father in Sandy. Deputies said he has no survival training and is not equipped for cold temperatures, although he is familiar with the area near his home. 

Deputies ask that anyone who sees Martinez call 911 immediately.

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