AMBER ALERT: Toddler Octavia Shaw kidnapped from Chattanooga – WKRN News 2

AMBER ALERT: Toddler Octavia Shaw kidnapped from Chattanooga - WKRN News 2
AMBER Alert issued for Tennessee 20-month-old; Search underway for man that disappeared with her during traffic stop
The Hamilton County Sheriffs Office is searching for 23-month-old Octavia Afiya Shaw after they say 37-year-old Matias Martinez took off with her during a traffic stop on Boy Scout Road at Dayton Pike. (Images: TBI, HCSO, MGN)

An Amber Alert is in effect for a 23-month-old girl who Hamilton County officials say is in danger, kidnapped by a man during a Hixson traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

Tennessee Amber Alert: Octavia Shaw abducted from Chattanooga

The Hamilton County Sheriffs Office is searching for Octavia Afiya Shaw after they say 37-year-old Matias Martinez took off with her during a traffic stop on Boy Scout Road at Dayton Pike.

AMBER ALERT: Deputies search for 23-month-old child taken by man in Hixson

According to the sheriffs office, deputies made a traffic stop around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Dayton Pike & Boy Scout Road. Initially, the HCSO says the vehicle was being driven by a woman, but they have since said that it was being driven by 37-year-old Matias Martinez. Also in the car was a woman and 23-month-old Octavia Shaw.

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Matias Martinez. He has a valid Massachusettss drivers license, brown eyes, and is approximately five-feet,10-inches tall.

AMBER Alert: TBI adds Chattanooga toddlers suspected kidnapper to Most Wanted, offering $2,500 reward

Hamilton County officials say that due to the heat, deputies asked Martinez to stand in the shade with Octavia while they detained the woman for questioning, as she had active warrants.

Thursday afternoon, Hamilton County Sheriffs Office deputies were conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of Dayton Pike and Boy Scout Road.

As they were questioning the woman, the HCSO says deputies realized Martinez had taken Octavia, and they immediately started searching the area.

This evening, the sheriffs office called on the TBI to issue a statewide Amber Alert for Octavia, who they say is endangered.

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Amber Alert for a missing 23-month-old girl.

The HCSO says they are actively searching the area of Dayton Pike & Boy Scout Road, up to several miles around, as they believe the two to be on foot.

Officials describe Martinez as Latin American, having black hair and brown eyes, weighing 185 pounds and being about 510″ tall. He has a valid Massachusetts drivers license. Dashcam from the sheriffs office shows him wearing a blue shirt and dark shorts, along with a white sweat towel around his neck.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Martinez has a valid Massachusetts’s driver’s license. He has brown eyes, is approximately 5’ 10” tall and weighs about 185 pounds.

Octavia Afiya Shaw is 23 months old, and was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs about 30 pounds, is 2 feet tall, and is described as having a bi-racial complexion.

If you have any information, please call 911 immediately. You can also call Hamilton County Sheriff's Detective Patrick Miller at 423-622-0022 or TBI Special Agent Keith Herron at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Amber Alert issued for Tennessee girl taken during traffic stop

The TBI has added Martinez to their Most Wanted list, and are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.

Channel 3's Jake Chapman has been following the story and says the TBI has brought in crews to help with the search. The TBI has crews searching on foot and by plane.

In a press conference, HCSO spokesman Matt Lea said they are still looking into whether Martinez is related to the woman and Octavia, and whether the three of them had ties to the Chattanooga area or were just passing through.

Octavia was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs about 30 pounds and is 2 feet tall. She has a bi-racial complexion.

The sheriffs office says that “At this point, we consider her endangered because we don’t know the status of her well-being.”

The TBI says Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection and took the child with him.

Currently, at least 6 agencies are searching for the two, including the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office, Chattanooga Police Department, TBI, and US Marshals.

The TBI has issued an AMBER Alert for a local toddler who was taken during a traffic stop in Hixson on Thursday.

The TBI has issued an AMBER Alert for a local toddler who was taken during a traffic stop in Hixson on Thursday.

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The TBI says authorities are looking for 23-month-old Octavia Shaw who is believed to be with 37-year-old Matias Martinez.

The TBI says Martinez ran from officers following a traffic stop at the Dayton Pike/Boy Scout Road intersection and took the child with him.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Martinez has a valid Massachusetts’s driver’s license. He has brown eyes, is approximately 5’ 10” tall and weighs about 185 pounds.

Octavia was last seen wearing a light blue dress with black sweat pants. She weighs about 30 pounds and is 2 feet tall. She has a bi-racial complexion.

Martinez has an active warrant for kidnapping and has been added to the TBI's Most Wanted list. 

Channel 3's Jake Chapman has been following the story and says the TBI has brought in crews to help with the search. The TBI has crews searching on foot and by plane.

If you have any information, please call 911 immediately. You can also call Hamilton County Sheriff's Detective Patrick Miller at 423-622-0022 or TBI Special Agent Keith Herron at 1-800-TBI-FIND.


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