CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga- Police are investigating after a 70-year-old man was found dismembered just hours after being reported missing by his family. Using a neighbors surveillance video, police were able to arrest Christian Ponce-Martinez, 25, after he was seen on Pages property.
Police said he murdered Page and then dismembered and hid his body.
“Officers went to the back of the residence and located the offender hiding under a couch, acting very nervous and suspicious” police Maj. Craig Hammer said. “Officers then noticed a trail of blood. They followed it and it was Robert Page’s dismembered remains”
Parts of his body were hidden under two tarps in the backyard, and more were stuffed in a cooler, according to police.
A motive for the killing remains unclear, but investigators said it appears the two men may have had some sort of argument at page’s home Pryor to his death. According to Alive 11, Martinez had moved in the home next door just three months ago from Mexico and was renting a room there. Police say they don’t believe the men knew each other.
Authorities are now working to determine if Martinez came to the U.S illegally or not. This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed it had a hold on Martinez but said he isn’t in the custody of the agency, the news station reported.