Man charged in murder of missing Nashville woman

Jose Morano

Murder suspect Jose Morano was returned Nashville from North Carolina late Thursday night.

Morano, who had been a fugitive since April 2009, is now jailed in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Sara Martinez
Sara Martinez, 20, was last seen on March 9, 2009 at Club Guadalajara on Old Hickory Boulevard in south Nashville.

The 28-year-old was arrested in North Carolina on July 11 for a traffic offense. Authorities then realized he was wanted in Nashville after checking his fingerprints.

Morano is charged with killing Sara Martinez, 20, who was last seen on March 9, 2009, at Club Guadalajara on Old Hickory Boulevard in south Nashville.

She was reported missing 6 days later and the car Morano was known to drive was discovered abandoned, covered in her blood, on March 24, 2009 on Allied Drive, not far from the Nashville Zoo.

Morano was the last person known to have seen Martinez, and he disappeared March 9 without returning for his belongings.

Detectives are still working to locate Martinez. Anyone with information in the case should contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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