Documentary airs on missing N.C. college student

Investigation Discovery releases a documentary on Martin Roberts, a former App State student.

Jason Huber
June 12, 2018 - 12:41 pm
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It's been slightly over two years since James "Martin" Roberts, a 19-year old student has been seen. Roberts was last seen on April 21, 2016, at an AppalCart bus stop in Boone, N.C., and has been reported as missing since.

Roberts attended Appalachian State University but was attending Caldwell Community College in Boone at the time to help improve his grades before returning to App State in the fall of 2016. 

On Sunday, the Investigation Discovery Channel aired a 45-minute documentary as part of their Disappeared series called "Breaking Away." The episode is the 11th of the ninth season. 

With no real leads since Roberts was last seen, the documentary speaks with his family and friends, Boone Police Department and campus police about the case.

Roberts was last seen talking with his cousin at an AppalCart bus stop near Holmes Convocation Center. After the two went their separate ways, he has yet to be seen again.

According to the ID Documentary, Roberts abruptly dropped out of his fraternity on April 20. His roommates found a note on his desk. The note is said to be very personal and his family has only released parts of it claiming he loved his family and he had not taken advantage of the opportunities he was given. 

Boone Police reported the note was "very vague" and "did not characterize a suicide note." 

All of Roberts' personal belongings including his phone, IPad, and laptop were still in his room. He was known for going on long hikes, but no theory has received any sense of hope yet. 

Since he has gone missing, Martins' family and parents John and Abbie Roberts continues to promote a Facebook group named "Help Find Martin Roberts" that allows anyone in the group to remember Martin and give any types of leads to where he may be. 

James Martin Roberts was last seen wearing a black, short sleeve, Appalachian State windbreaker, khaki shorts, gray New Balance shoes, and a white golf visor hat. He is 5-foot-10 and weighs 145 pounds.

To watch the full documentary on Investigation Discovery, the episode will be aired again on June 22 at 9 a.m., or you can watch on the Disappeared website as Episode 11 of Season 9. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boone Police Department at (828) 268-6900 or High Country Crime Stoppers at (828) 268-6959 or (828) 737-0125.

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