On the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, his father Tracy called to file a missing person’s report after his son hadn’t returned from the local 7-11 convenience store to buy Skittles and ice tea.
The confusion about his son’s whereabouts prompted Tracy to call the police and in newly released recordings provided to NBC News under a freedom of information law, Trayvon’s father speaks with Sanford, FL police the morning after his son was shot and killed.
Tracy was unaware of what had happened to his 17-year-old son and called to ask if he can file a “missing persons report.”
“I’m from Miami. And my son’s up here with me,” Martin can be heard saying, adding, “He don’t know anybody up here.”
Father and son are from Miami Gardens – outside the city – but the two had traveled to Sanford to visit with Tracy Martin’s girlfriend.
“Do you know the address?” the dispatcher asks.
“What’s the address, baby?” Martin can be heard saying – presumably to his girlfriend.
Martin goes on to say he hasn’t seen his son since 8 or 8:30 the prior night.
The call to police was placed at 8:39 a.m. Feb. 27, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sanford Police Department called Martin back sometime later, asking for details about his son. Does his son have a driver’s license?
“No, he don’t,” Mr. Martin says.
“Ok, does not have a DL,” the dispatcher says. “And is he white, black, or Hispanic?”
“He’s black,” Martin says.
Asked if Trayvon knows anyone in the area whose house he might have gone to, Martin says no.
“I have a nephew up here,” Martin says, “but he’s not at my nephew house. He hasn’t been over there, either.”
“OK, alright then,” the dispatcher says. “The officers are already on the way. I just want to get a little further – in case, you know, while they’re on the way they might spot him so we can let them know.”
All the while, Tracy had no idea his son's body, though not yet identified, had been recovered from the scene of the shooting the night before and was at the time laying in a Sanford morgue.
Zimmerman was charged on April 11 with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon. He has pleaded not guilty and is currently sitting in the Seminole County jail in solitary confinement after his bond was revoked earlier this month. He has a bail hearing set for June 29th.