A Toledo couple is behind
bars in Indiana while Toledo Police search for the man they now believe was
Ypsilanti man Brian Martin
was last seen in Toledo on June 22, when he was in the city to coach a softball
game. Once his family reported him missing, TPD executed a search warrant at
the home of Desirae Strauss, the married woman Martin had been seeing.
"We actually were able to
enter the house and see that there had been some alterations done to the house,"
said TPD Det. Vince Mauro.
Evidence found in the
house suggests that Martin was bludgeoned to death inside Strauss' home on
Consaul Street in east Toledo. Police believe Strauss and her husband Robert
then took off and dumped the body somewhere between Toledo and Anderson,
Indiana before they were arrested on unrelated charges.
"Some of the statements
and some of the people we've interviewed have indicated that possibly he may be
in a rural area," Det. Mauro said.
The Strausses are
currently being held in an Indiana jail, but Toledo Police have filed murder
charges against the couple.
TPD is working with other
police departments, and they're asking the public to check their property for
"We would ask, obviously
if they did come across something that they thought was suspicious…to call
their local authorities, who in turn would contact the Toledo Police," Mauro
Patricia Anderson lives
two doors down from the Strausses. She says she had one interaction with Robert
Strauss and had an uneasy feeling about him.
"I got an uncomfortable
feeling, and here this guy was like just a couple feet away from me," Anderson
said. "He could have done anything."
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