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Slain insurance investigator's funeral set for Sunday

Posted May 23, 2008
Updated May 24, 2008

— A funeral service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. for the slain state insurance investigator whose body was found in South Carolina earlier this week.

A visitation for Sallie Rohrbach will be Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina. The funeral will also be held there Sunday.

Rohrbach's body was found Tuesday in a wooded area in Fort Mill, S.C., 25 miles from a Charlotte insurance agency that was the subject of a state insurance audit she was conducting.

The agency's owner, Michael Howell, 40, is charged with first-degree murder in the 44-year-old's death.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said her death is connected to her duties as an auditor and that evidence in her car and Howell's vehicle connected him to the homicide.

They have not released further details about the case, including a cause of death.

Sources inside the police department told CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte, however, that she died from blunt force trauma and that the killing took place inside Howell's office at the Dilworth Agency.

Rorhbach's husband, Tim Rohrbach, said she was filling in for another insurance investigator and was expected to return home last Friday.

They had last communicated over e-mail on May 13, he said, mostly about resurfacing their driveway. He said he was not worried when he did not hear from her the next few days, because he knew she was busy with work and had plans to visit with friends.

"This has been a very difficult time for our family; we have lost someone we all loved very much," Tim Rohrbach said in a statement Wednesday. "Sallie had a wonderful spirit and loved life to its fullest. It has been very hard for us to accept her senseless death."


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  • NCMOMof3 May 23, 2008

    prayers for this family. Such a sad tragedy

  • ifcdirector May 23, 2008

    Immerse yourself in learning self defense and learn to use a firearm defensively and then keep it with you. That's the only way to possibly protect your life these days. Lately it seems that the move innocent and vulnerable among us are being victimized more and more. The police cannot always be there to protect you so you have to take the responsibility and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Crazy times.

  • beachlover77 May 23, 2008

    My thing is why is all this killing going on, this poor lady was only trying to do her job when someone felt they had to take her life and Eve Carson was just taking care of business and someone felt like they had to take her life, and that poor young lady Latrese Curtis, stabbed to death and left along side of the road, too many people playing God taking others lives..People would just soon kill you than look at you, you have to be so careful, that is one reason I won't let my 83 year old mother go anywhere by herself...This world is sooo sad now..My heart goes out to all those families that lost someone to a senseless act of violance...

  • fkhaywood May 23, 2008

    All income from this sleaze, from his insurance agency. should be given tax-free to her husband. He should have have any rights to his ill-gotten gains!

  • JustBeachy May 23, 2008

    Such a sad pointless death for such a wonderful person! I hope that justice prevails and her family/friends find peace. RIP Mrs. Rohrbach

  • garnertoy May 23, 2008

    peace to family and friends

  • charlesboyer May 23, 2008

    My thoughts and prayers go to Mrs. Rohrbach's husband, family and friends as well. She seemed like a great person and her loss will be felt by so many. I hate that for them.

    I work in Fuquay-Varina and there are people here that knew her and they have had nothing but great things to say on her behalf. That her life was ended as she was simply doing her job is beyond shocking. As in the case of Latrese Matral Curtis, I hope that justice is served to those who stole this fine lady's life and hurt so many others.

  • bbad238 May 23, 2008

    This is just so sad, she didn't deserve to be killed for her job. Prayers are with her husband and loved ones

  • The Fox May 23, 2008

    So unnecessary a loss. May her husband and family find peace.

  • Alicat May 23, 2008

    This is a senseless loss and I do hope this murderer pays dearly for it and justice is swift. How horrible for this family. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to them. May this beautiful soul, rest in peace.