Missing 77-year-old found dismembered in neighbor's house after cops follow a 'trail of blood'
Major Craig Hammer of the Clayton County PD said that the suspect, 25-year-old Christian Ponce Martinez, was caught on surveillance cameras outside the elderly couple's home
Clayton County Police has revealed that a 77-year-old man who had been reported missing by his wife was found in a dismembered state in their neighbor's home. He leaves behind two adult children and two grandchildren. Robert Page was reported missing by Lula Page on November 8. She told the authorities that they had been married for 49 years. Major Craig Hammer of the Clayton County Police Department, told 11 Alive that the suspect, 25-year-old Christian Ponce Martinez, isn't cooperating with the police.
He also told 11 Alive that Martinez was caught on surveillance cameras outside the elderly couples' home the night Robert went missing. Hammer said that Martinez had started renting out the room next door only three months ago after relocating from Mexico.
New info - police say they gave us the wrong name for this murder suspect. His name is actually Christian Ponce-Martinez. Police accuse him of killing his elderly neighbor & dismembering his body. Watch my live update on this on Ch2 at 5:14pm pic.twitter.com/gmEfFVxgRJ— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) November 9, 2018
The Clayton County Police are currently working with the US Department of Justice to see if he is a legal US resident. According to Hammer, the authorities have still not established a motive but they believe that the two men got into some sort of argument at Page's home.
The authorities followed a trail of blood from the elderly man's home to the backyard next door where they discovered parts of Robert's dismembered body underneath a tarp. They also found Martinez hiding underneath a couch inside the home, where he rented a room from a friend. Hammer also told the press that parts of the 77-year-old were also found in a cooler inside the home.
This is the Clayton County house where police say they discovered the dismembered body of 76 year old Robert Page. New charges against the accused killer tonight, @ 11. pic.twitter.com/QHgAkACuCK— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) November 10, 2018
Hammer said during a press conference that was held on November 9 that Page was, by all accounts, a "good man". He said: "According to his wife, he never left his residence, he always stayed at home... He got along with other residents and was always a good gentleman." Neighbors could be seen stopping by to offer their condolences. Nancy Jones, a friend of the family, said: "Very well-respected in the neighborhood. So, this is a shock for all of us that something so brutal could happen."
Martinez has since been charged with murder and additional charges may follow because of "incidents at the police department", according to Hammer.