Suspect's Mother Led Investigators To Human Remains, Warrant Reveals
Posted February 13, 2006 7:45 a.m. EST
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — The mother of one of two people charged in connection with human remains found at a Johnston County home tipped off authorities to the discovery, according to a search warrant released Monday.
More than a week ago, Johnston County sheriff's deputies arrested Bobby and Louise Pollard in connection with the discovery at the couple's farmhouse near Selma. Both indicted Monday by a Johnston County grand jury, Bobby Pollard was charged with murder and Louise Pollard was charged with accessory after the fact.
The warrant indicates that Louise Pollard's mother, Brenda Almasri, tipped off the Johnston County Sheriff's Office to the discovery of dismembered body parts under the farmhouse and beneath a shed in a freezer.
"Apparently, there was some sort of domestic violence a week before we arrived," said Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.
Bizzell said the Pollards were living apart when Almasri called investigators, and that Louise Pollard had been living with her mother when she revealed the secret.
"She had just probably bottled it up inside for so many years," Bizzell said. "I can only guess that she finally got the opportunity to share it with someone, and that was with her mother."
Last week, DNA confirmed that some of the remains were those of 16-year-old Robin Leigh Clark, who disappeared in 1997. Investigators said, Clark, who stayed at the farmhouse for a brief time, was either Louise Pollard's half-sister or aunt, but that they still were not sure.
Investigators are also trying to determine if other remains are those of Clark's boyfriend, Caesar Ortiz, who also disappeared in 1997. His medical records are being sent from Mexico.
According to the warrant, Louise Pollard told investigators her husband shot and killed Ortiz in August 1997. That same day, Pollard said, Clark, shot and killed herself.
Pollard, in the warrant, also said that her husband made her cut up the bodies with a chainsaw and that some of the remains were burned and then buried beneath the house and shed.
"Our investigation shows it was a mutual agreement between Bobby and his wife," Bizzell said, to get rid of the bodies and conceal them.
The warrant shows investigators seized dozens of items including carpet, firearms, ammunition and burned material. Sorting out evidence of human remains at the home has not been easy, Bizzell said.
"It's something we don't see normally in Johnston County. The crime scene was gruesome," Bizzell said. "The guys were on the scene for a week collecting evidence."
Bobby Pollard is being held without bond and Louise Pollard is being held at Women's Prison in Raleigh on a safekeeping order.
Investigators, however, still have no motive for the shooting and are waiting for the medical examiner's report to determine if Clark's death was a suicide.