Investigators: 29 Year Old Male Driver Killed 64 Year Old Retired Michigan Woman for Sex Acts with Body
A man has been accused of intentionally mowing down a jogger with his car and then taking her dead body away to engage in sexual acts with it.
Feb 20, 2022
By Dom Calicchio, Fox News
A Michigan driver deliberately struck and killed a retired woman who was out on her daily walk so he could have sex with her body, authorities have alleged, according to reports.
The suspect, identified as Colby Martin, 29, of White Pigeon, Michigan, was arraigned Wednesday in Van Buren District Court on a newly filed murder charge, WMMT-TV of Grand Rapids reported.
Some media reports have named the victim, but Fox News is withholding her identity because of the nature of the allegations.
Martin was previously charged in September with manslaughter and concealing a body, WMMT reported.
The driver struck the jogger as she was near the Oak Shores Campground on Sept. 20, the report said. He then moved the body to a wooded area where he allegedly committed the sex acts, authorities said, according to the station. Martin led investigators to the site the next day, the report said.
Authorities added the murder charge this month after examining DNA evidence and the suspect’s online search history, which included searches for pornography involving dead or unconscious women, WMMT reported.
A man purposefully hit and killed a 64-year-old woman in Van Buren County, Michigan, to perform sex acts with the victim’s body, investigators have alleged.
by Amy Furr
As WWMT reported Thursday:
Investigators pointed to DNA evidence and the suspect’s online search history as evidence for the murder charge against Colby Martin. Martin, 29, of White Pigeon, was arraigned on open murder connected to the death of Melody Rohrer in Van Buren County District Court Wednesday. Prosecutors initially charged Martin with manslaughter with an automobile, failure to stop at the scene of a crash, and concealing a body in September 2021.
In September, authorities alleged he struck the 64-year-old woman when she was jogging through Hamilton Township and that he moved the body to St. Joseph County.
At the time, prosecutors described the alleged crimes as “egregious,” according to WWMT.
“The defendant’s conduct is that of a person who shows absolutely no remorse, it shows that he is a great danger, is very dangerous,” Van Buren County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jay Blair commented. “He presents a very high and great danger to the public.”
…The suspect’s cellphone search history reportedly revealed he looked for pornography involving “dead or unconscious women” once the victim was reported to be missing.
“Detectives also said Martin and Rohrer’s DNA were linked to condoms recovered in Martin’s vehicle and a trashcan near his home,” the WWMT report stated.
Martin was charged this week with open murder and denied bond, according to Fox 17.