Hollywood man found dead, pregnant daughter missing, could be in danger

Police search for Martine Bernard after father's body discovered Monday morning

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Police fear that the missing daughter of a Hollywood man who was found dead Monday morning could be in danger.

Hollywood police Officer Christian Lata said the body of Roosevelt Bernard was found about 8:30 a.m. near Washington Street and 29th Avenue.

Lata said Bernard's daughter, Martine Bernard, is missing, and detectives believe she could be in danger.

He said Martine Bernard is six months pregnant and could be in the Fort Lauderdale or Sunrise areas.

"I have no idea where she is," Martine's sister, Joane Bernard, said. "I hope she is OK. Hopefully, they find her soon."

Police didn't say how Roosevelt Bernard died, but his death has been ruled suspicious.

Joane Bernard told Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic that her sister's husband was the last person to see her father. 

She said the family realized something was wrong whe her father didn't show up to his son's baby shower and never came home. 

"His belongings are still there, where he placed them right before he went to take a shower, and we are like, 'OK, something is really, really wrong. He is never not home at night,'" Joane Bernard said.

She said Martine's husband told her that her father stepped out for unknown reasons before he was found dead.

"I'm shaken to the core," Joane Bernard said. "This is just unreal."

Anyone with information is asked to call Hollywood police at 954-764-HELP.

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