Missing Leticia Martinez-Cosman’s family speaks out about body found as ‘terrifying’ details of their son’s abduction are revealed
The family of MISSING mother Leticia Martinez-Cosman have spoken out about the horror they endured after the woman went missing on a date, sparking a frantic search.
The family said Martinez-Cosman was “snatched” from her life in the “most appalling way” in a statement to The US Sun.
A body was recovered Wednesday during a search for Leticia Martinez-Cosman, who was last seen smiling with a man in a selfie in the stands at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington on March 31.
The Seattle Police Department recovered a body in Renton, about 12 miles southeast of Seattle, Tuesday afternoon while investigators followed multiple leads.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to confirm the body’s identity and the cause of death.
A source close to the Martinez-Cosman family told The US Sun exclusively: “This was a devastating event for all of us.”
“We hope justice is done now and our priority is Patrick’s care and well-being.
“Words cannot describe how he feels. He has endured a terrible and terrible ordeal.
“His mother took care of him all his life and now she has been ripped out of his life in the most horrible way.
“We started GoFundMe for him to at least start taking care of him the best we can.”
Seattle police identified the man in the baseball game picture as Brett Gitchel, 46, whom Martinez-Cosman and a friend first met at a local Costco on March 19, according to court documents.
Martinez-Cosman texted a friend on the morning of April 1, detailing how she met an old friend when she left the game and ended up spending the night with him, according to court documents obtained by ABC affiliate KCBY were received.
The 58-year-old mum was supposed to be babysitting on the night of April 1 but texted canceling the job.
Her brother Ricardo Martinez reported her missing on April 2nd.
That same day, Martinez-Cosman’s adult son was attacked by Gitchel in an attempted kidnapping, police said.
On April 2, Gitchel told her son that his mother was in an accident and he was taking him to her hospital, according to court documents.
The two got into what was described as an SUV and the son said Gitchel “appeared to have been driving for hours” while Martinez-Cosman’s son sat in the back.
Gitchel only stopped the car once and said he had to get water. But then he climbed into the back seat and tried to cover the son’s face and neck, court documents say.
Martinez-Cosman’s son told police he believed Gitchel “attempted to kill him by choking or strangling him”.
The son, who police say is in “good physical condition,” managed to overpower Gitchel in the fight.
Police say Gitchel tried to strangle the son by wrapping his forearm around his neck.
The son managed to bite Gitchel’s hand, which allowed him to escape and seek help.
When Renton police arrived at the scene, they found the 24-year-old hiding in some bushes, visibly upset, bloodied and reporting he was having trouble explaining what had just happened.
Later that day, Seattle Fire Department crews responded to a roadside vehicle engulfed in flames.
Seattle police identified the Honda CRV as that of Martinez-Cosmans.
The fire is said to have been deliberately started in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, court documents say.
Gitchel was arrested on April 5 and refused to attend any events or concerts during the week of Martinez-Cosman’s disappearance.
“Brett Gitchel was the last person seen with Leticia Martinez-Cosman in three days,” court documents said.
“Brett Gitchel would briefly drive Leticia’s vehicle to a remote area outside of Seattle the next day, kidnap and attempt to kill her son, and burn Leticia’s vehicle.”
He was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree unlawful possession of firearms, first-degree theft, and second-degree arson.