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Four children missing from Smith Co., taken by mom in violation of court order

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Dora Elia Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office) Dora Elia Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)
Jonhy Ayala-Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office) Jonhy Ayala-Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)
Jose Ayala-Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office) Jose Ayala-Martinez (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating four children who were taken by their non-custodial mother in violation of a court order.

Authorities say Dora Elia Martinez, 33, took her four children from the home of a relative on Monday. The children had been placed there by Child Protective Services after a narcotics raid at her home on December 10. She told the relative she had permission to take the children.

The children range in age from four months to 10 years old:
  • Jared Ayala-Martinez (four months)
  • Jesus Ayala-Martinez (age 5)
  • Jose Ayala-Martinez (age 7)
  • Jonhy Ayala-Martinez (age 10)
The children were living with their aunt, Norma Martinez, just outside of Tyler city limits. Norma Martinez would not say if Dora was upset Wednesday, but did tell us everything happened very fast and she doesn't know where Dora might be headed. 

Dora Martinez is wanted on four counts of interference with child custody. She is 5'1" and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Authorities believe she may be driving an older model, maroon four-door Ford Explorer.

Anyone with information regarding Dora Martinez or her children is asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 903-566-6600.

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