Husband of woman found on side of road pleads for answers

HAMBURG N.Y. (WIVB) – Hamburg Police are working to find anything that might lead them to the person that injured Jennifer Martello just after midnight on Tuesday.

Her husband, Sam Martello, says she went for a walk just after midnight because she was upset about losing out on a job opportunity.

Someone saw her lying on the side of Big Tree Road unconscious but breathing around 12:35 a.m. and called 911. Police say she was around 450 feet from her home and suffered injuries to her head.

Sam says she died Tuesday afternoon, though police can’t confirm that information. Earlier on Tuesday, Sam asked for prayers on Facebook, but now he wants answers.

“This person destroyed my life,” he said. “If this person can come clean and show some accountability, then step up to the plate and do it; man up.”

The couple has been married for two years, and they have a 14-month-old baby. According to neighbors, they have lived on Big Tree Road less than a year.

A neighbor says she didn’t hear anything until Tuesday morning when she heard the husband screaming, “Why, why?”

“He was in the backyard screaming and crying and saying, ‘Oh my god, please let her live,’ over and over again,” a neighbor said.

Police say there were no witnesses. The sound from air conditioners in nearby homes may have covered the sound of a possible accident.

Police didn’t find any debris from a car near her but did collect car debris further up the road, which may or may not be related.

A more in-depth medical examination of Martello’s wounds and clothing will help police find evidence as they try to solve what happened to her.

Hamburg Police Capt. Kevin Trask said, “Her clothes, all her possessions are at the lab, Erie County Forensic Lab. They might be able to pull something off of that.”

Police are urging people who may know anything about what happened to call Hamburg Police at 648-5111 x0.

“Anyone with any information, no matter how unimportant you think it is, give us a call,” Capt. Trask said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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