Who is Colby Martin? Michigan man mowed down jogger, 64, to have sex with her dead body
VAN BUREN COUNTY, MICHIGAN: A 29-year-old Michigan man has been accused of mowing down a senior woman with his car, before having sex with her dead body. On September 20, 2021, Colby Martin was held accused of running over 64-year-old jogger Melody Rohrer. At that time, he was charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle and faced additional charges in connection with Rohrer's accidental death. However, the latest updates on the investigation have unearthed some shocking details.
Detectives from Van Buren County Sheriff's Office revealed on Tuesday, February 15, that Colby Martin intentionally struck down the woman, took her body, and engaged in sexual acts. In fact, investigators have found evidence in support of the same, including sexually deviant pornography in Martin's search history.
Melody Dawn Rohrer was a retired nurse at the Bronson Hospital in Michigan where she looked after patients in the antepartum and postpartum units. She was married to Richard Rohrer and the couple became full-time RVers after retirement. They went on the 'Embrace The Journey' tour of America, visiting their family, friends, and historical landmarks in different states.
In September 2021, Rohrer was allegedly hit by Martin with his car at the Oak Shores Campground. He was later freed on a $300,000 bond despite facing charges of manslaughter, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death when at fault, and concealing the death of an individual.
The day after the 'accident', detectives found Martin's Ford F-150 car in a Walmart parking lot with severe damage to its front end. At that time, Martin was also found with Melody Rohrer's cell phone. He also attempted to cover up criminal evidence multiple times. Eventually, he led the detectives to the Three Rivers State Game Area where they found Rohrer's body.
In the course of the investigation, police found Martin's DNA on condoms inside his car, as well as in a trashcan near his home. He apparently searched for pornography involving dead or unconscious women, shortly after Rohrer was reported missing. The information was shared by Van Buren County Sheriff's Office detective Andrew Galor in court at a probable cause hearing.
Presently, Colby Martin is facing an open murder charge based on the new evidence. Michael McKay, the judge at Van Buren County District Court, acknowledged at the hearing that the evidence supported the accusations against Martin. He was arraigned on the charge of open murder at the Van Buren District Court on February 16.