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Missing, Pregnant St. Pete Teen's Baby Due

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This was supposed to be a joyous day in the lives of teenager Morgan Martin and her family. She was due to have a baby girl.

"I'd love to get a hospital call, I'd love to," said Martin's mother Leah.

But there haven't been any calls from a hospital or her daughter.

Morgan Martin vanished without explanation after midnight on July 25th wearing pink slippers and pajamas. The girl had her cell phone but left her purse, money and all other belongings behind.

"I'd give my life right now to have somebody say something," said Leah Martin.

Martin says her daughter, who was 17 when she went missing, told her she wanted to step outside of their St. Petersburg home at 2808 17th ave S. and speak to the man she claimed was her unborn child's father.

"I told her just to stay away in the house and leave him alone and she just wanted to tell him she was having a girl," Martin said.

Police say they've interviewed that man, 25-year old Jacobee Flowers several times but are not naming him as a suspect.

"His cooperation level has been very high according to what detectives have told me," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Police say the pregnant teenager's disappearance is under active investigation. Detectives are optimistic about solving the case but less so about the outcome.

They suspect foul play and so does Morgan's mother.

"She deserves to be with her family," said Martin. "She deserves to be home. Whether it be for the worst or for the better, I deserve to have my child."

Martin takes some solace in missing person buttons worn by friends that bear her daughters photo, a Facebook page called "Hope for Morgan Martin and a $1000 reward in the case.

But even those things can't fill the emptiness of her daughter's room which she keeps intact while hoping for Morgan's return.

The family threw a party for Morgan's 18th birthday last month despite her absence and held a candlelight vigil in August.

Getting through the Christmas season without Morgan, her mother said, has been difficult for her and her two other children, a 20 year old daughter and 23 year old son.

"It's rough," Martin said. "I mean it's really different."

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