Man says wife died after being found along road

Photo shows victim Jennifer Martello and her husband, Sam.

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Overnight in Hamburg, a woman was found unconscious along the side of Big Tree Road, near the Eaglecrest Mobile Home Park.

Police are investigating what happened to 29-year-old Jennifer Martello. Her husband tells News 4 that she has passed away from her injuries. However, police say she is being kept alive to allow for organ donation. The couple has been married for two years, and they have a 14-month-old baby.

Someone called 911 around 12:35 a.m. when they saw her on the roadside. She was unconscious but breathing. Police say she was about 450 feet from her home and could have been laying on the road for about 40 minutes.

Police believe her husband was inside with their young child. Right now there are no witnesses.

Her husband says Jennifer went for a walk shortly after midnight. He says she was upset after being turned down for a job.

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.

The couple has been married for two years. A neighbor says they’ve lived in the home on Big Tree Road for less than a year.

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.”

Tuesday afternoon, there are few details about the case. 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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