WASHINGTON - A 22-year-old man went missing after heading out to meet a woman he found on an online dating site. For months, Marty McMillan's family has been trying to get the word out about his disappearance and pleaded for his safe return.
Police said on Thursday, which would have been his 23rd birthday, McMillan’s remains were found on the side of Suitland Parkway on Oct. 30. Police say he was murdered.
The police report states he was shot multiple times inside an apartment along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast D.C.
McMillan had been missing since April 23 after he was last seen in the 2900 block of M Street, SE.
His grandmother eventually found his car in Northeast D.C. after police told her it had registered in that area on a GPS tracker.
“I was driving around that day in alleys and everywhere I could drive looking, and I was coming down Eastern Avenue and I just got a hunch to turn down Foote Street and it was the third car parked there,” said Forlescia Cook, McMillan’s grandmother. “I [was] beginning to feel like he was gone because of the behavior. It's not him. He [has] never not come home or contact one of us ever. He [would] never do that for three and four days. I'm like he had to go to work. He was really excited about his job. He wouldn't just disappear like that. I knew something was not right."
McMillan was located without clothing on the eastbound side of Suitland Parkway near the ramp to Joint Base Andrews.
“The description of what they found is going over and over in my mind – wrapped up in the blanket nude, bones," Cook said.
She does not know who or why someone would kill her grandson. She told us the worst part is some of their search parties were close to the place where his remains were found.
McMillan had been in some trouble in the past and even served some jail time. But he recently landed an apprenticeship with an electrician service and was excited at the new beginning.
He was the oldest of four children and vanishing without a trace was so out of character for him. His family had come to believe he was likely gone after being missing for several months.
McMillan’s grandmother is now wondering whether the apartment he was reportedly shot in is linked to the woman he was supposed to meet from the dating service POF, also known as PlentyOfFish.
“They said they interviewed her and she said she never seen him,” Cook said. “She don’t know who he is. She never met him. She don't know who they are talking about. The detectives say he didn’t really believe her story, but he had to have something to tie her to.
“He was not trash. He didn't deserve what he got. Nor did he deserve to be thrown away like trash. Just thrown somewhere. It does help to know that he's not laying out there anymore. I don't have to drive around thinking about that.”
Cook said the family is now planning his funeral service, but they want to know who is responsible for McMillan’s death.
Anyone with information about McMillan’s death is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Tips can also be submitted to the police department’s text tip line at 50411.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.