SES volunteers searching Mt Archer in relation to the disappearence of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez
SES volunteers searching Mt Archer in relation to the disappearence of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez Allan Reinikka Rokamissing

"Catch 22" situation for Martinez family as search continues

JULIE Martinez describes land searches for her missing son Robert as "catch-22s".

It's been almost three months since he and Chantal Barnett, 27, were last seen and Julie just wants the waiting to be over.

But she is also scared of what could halt the search for 26-year-old Robert, who she will always describe as the core of her family.

She was yesterday resolved that the 20-man search of Mt Archer in the investigation into the disappearance of her son and Chantal was a search for their bodies.

But Rockhampton CIB's Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon was tight-lipped about the search which began at 6.30am yesterday.

Acting on a tip-off from a member of the public, a vertical rescue team scaled the rocky terrain of the mountain while SES workers combed walking trails and bushland for evidence.

Det Snr Sgt Moon said a "generic item" found would be sent to Brisbane for forensic testing, expected to take several weeks.

He said as many people walked Mt Archer, police were unsure if the item has connected with Robert or Chantal.

Det Snr Sgt Moon said police had searched about five addresses and numerous cars as part of their investigation.

It is believed that police seized a car earlier this week in relation to the disappearances.

Meanwhile, Julie said she would hold out hope that her son would be found alive. "As Rob says, 'hold on and pray'," she said.

Julie said she appreciated the efforts of the CIB, homicide and the community.

SEARCH FOR ROBERT MARTINEZ AND CHANTAL BARNETT

February 28: Chantal was last seen.

March 1: Robert was last seen.

March 2: Chantal called her sister, the last time she was heard from.

March 16: Families notify the police they are missing.

March 22: Police ask the public for help finding them.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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