Published On: Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

Ohio couple, Robert Strauss, Desirae Strauss arrested for murder missing Brian Martin

Police in northern Ohio have charged a husband and wife who were in Indiana, with killing a Michigan man who was last seen coaching a softball game three weeks ago.

Brian Martin's murderers may have been captured, but his body has not been lcoated

Brian Martin’s murderers may have been captured, but his body has not been lcoated

Robert Strauss and Desirae Strauss of Toledo were charged with murder of Brian Martin, 52, of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Martin was last known alive coaching a softball game on June 22 near Toledo, Ohio. Martin’s body is still missing, but authorities state that they believe the couple killed and dumped his body somewhere between Toledo and Indiana.

He was schedule to travel to Louisville, Ky. the next day, but never arrived. He was reported missing a short time later. Police say Martin was having a relationship with a married woman for over three years, but would not confirm this to be Desirae Strauss.

Toledo News Now reported on July 14 that “witness statements indicate that Martin was bludgeoned to death inside the Strauss’ home on Consaul Street in east Toledo.”

Court documents are corroborating these details: “The actions and involvement of the defendant(s) … were corroborated through the statements of witnesses,” the warrant states. “Additionally, various forms of forensic evidence implicate (the Strausses) as a perpetrator in Brian Martin’s death.”

The suspects are being held on unrelated charges at a jail in Anderson, Indiana. The couple was dealing drugs out of Martin’s gold Cadillac Deville.

Jail records indicate Robert Strauss is being held on $80,000 bond. Desirae Strauss did not have a bond listed. The charges were not listed on the jail’s website.

Authorites are still searching for Martin’s body. From the missing person report:

Martin is a 52-year-old white male, 6’4”, weighing 260 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes and was last known to be wearing a shirt that says “Gold Fast Pitch,” with khaki shorts. 
“We would ask, obviously if they did come across something that they thought was suspicious…to call their local authorities, who in turn would get in touch with the Toledo Police, and we would come out and investigate,” said Det. Vince Mauro, with TPD.



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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.


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