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Blood traces found inside Charlotte insurance office

Posted May 27, 2008

— The insurance agency owner charged in the death of a state examiner initially consented to a search of his office and car but withdrew after police found areas on carpet and a computer cord that tested positive for blood.

Also, according to a search warrant released Tuesday, investigators seized the carpet, pornography, customer files and other items from Dilworth Insurance Agency in Charlotte.

The warrant, issued May 19, states Michael Arthur Howell told police he last saw Sallie Rohrbach leaving the agency at approximately 4 p.m. on May 14. Police found her body May 21 in a wooded area in Fort Mill, S.C., 25 miles from the insurance agency.

Rohrbach, 44, was in Charlotte the week prior auditing Howell's company. When she did not show up for work, she was reported missing.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said Rohrbach's 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, but sources within the police department have told CBS affiliate WBTV that Rohrbach died from blunt force trauma and that the slaying occurred inside Howell's office.

Rohrbach was buried Sunday.

In the wake of her death, the Department of Insurance is looking at its existing policies to determine if any of them need to be changed, spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said.

“We will honor her by making sure that whatever we do from here on out gives our employees the confidence and peace of mind to continue their work and the work that Sallie was doing,” she said.


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  • Adelinthe May 28, 2008

    "Couldn't someone have injured themselves, causing the blood?"

    Because of DNA tests, they KNOW the blood is hers.

    Because of the amount of blood found at the scene, they KNOW an accident didn't occur.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe May 28, 2008

    To put her body in his car and drive to dump it while leaving the office blood covered is insane, and maybe that's the best way to describe the perp cause what he did makes no sense at all.

    Praying for his victim's family, and for his.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • shirleyr1 May 27, 2008

    Gruesome new details have emerged about the murder of insurance auditor Sallie Rohrbach.

    Sources say it was a bloody scene inside Michael Howell's Dilworth Insurance agency, and police say they think Rohrbach was killed there.

    Howell is charged with her murder.

    Sources also say Howell stuffed her body in his car, and dumped it in a wooded area near Vista Drive in South Carolina.

    Rohrbach was killed almost a week ago.

  • shirleyr1 May 27, 2008

    as a close family friend, she was sent to do this audit, and she was at the wrong place at the wrong time...if it had been any other woman, she would have met the same fate. It was a senseless killing and I hope he meets his maker and explains why!!!!

  • IDontCare May 27, 2008

    I'm still trying to figure out why this man flipped like this? He was that scared of losing his money/business or doing jail time for fraud? Now he's going to spend the rest of his life behind bars in a State prison instead of a year in a federal prison. This guy is so stupid and inhumane!

  • pwilliamson53 May 27, 2008

    The young woman died doing her job, not because of lack of protection. She died because of someone's lack of sense trying to hide things, but guess what? Now, he faces murder chargers and everything else he may have been trying to hide. So what good did it do to take a woman's life? What has the world come to when a woman can't travel and do her job just like a man does when he travels without being killed? Without a doubt this man doesn't deserve anything but death. But will he get it? Our tax dollar's will be spent to support this sorry low life for the rest of his life and a husband is left to grieve his beautiful wife. God Be with her husband and their families. Justice for this precious woman, rests in the hands of our system.

  • SimpleGurlNC May 27, 2008

    What has our world came too

  • Lady Justice May 27, 2008

    "Couldn't someone have injured themselves, causing the blood? How much blood was there? I mean, I have cut myself at work, especially in the winter when your skin is very dry, and bled like a stuck pig. Shoot, I have had a couple of nosebleeds that looked like I need a transfusion."

    Being since they came to the conclusion from the beginning that she was dead (and charged suspect with murder before a body was found), I am guessing the amount of blood was just a bit more than that from a paper cut. Just guessing.

  • Stormy13 May 27, 2008

    This guy is obviously a sicko. He already had complaints filed against him (his ins.co.)regarding ins. policies being cancelled after prem. were paid to him. Why didn't he just face it like a man instead of being a coward and killing the female auditor! People just have so little regard for human life these days.

  • tarheelalum May 27, 2008

    "If they had sent two people, everyone and their brother would have been up in arms about wasting taxpayer's money by having two people go on the trip" Appman...

    I agree! I don't think any departmental policy or lack there of contributed to this heinous crime. It's honestly just like an episode of Law & Order!