The body of 26-year-old Marquis Martin, a Drew County man who had been missing for nearly a month, was found Saturday morning in a creek outside of Wilmar, according to the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was discovered by a citizen at 7:05 a.m. The citizen called 911 and an Arkansas Game & Fish officer was at the scene moments later, followed by Drew County Sheriff’s officials and Arkansas State Police agents.

Martin was pronounced deceased at 9:40 a.m. by the Drew County coroner. The body will be transported to the state Crime Lab to determine the cause and manner of death.

Martin was reported missing by a family friend on February 11 after he failed to report for work on February 10 and February 11. He was last seen alive on Sunday, February 9, at 9:21 p.m. when his image was captured on a surveillance video at Murphy’s USA gas station in Monticello. Martin reportedly was given a ride from the gas station to his home in Wilmar, according to information in a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the death of Martin is urged to contact the Arkansas State Police at 870-226-3713 or the Drew County Sheriff’s Department at 870-367-6211. You can submit anonymous tips to [email protected] or the Monticello Police Department’s tip line at 870-723-LEAD (5323).

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Marquis Martin,” said Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.

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