Arlington police issued this news release on Friday afternoon:
Two people have been charged with murder for the death of an Arlington man, whose body remains missing. On Friday, May 6, 2011, the family of Jerry Roberts, 62, asked the Arlington Police Department to conduct a welfare check at Mr. Roberts’s home in the 700 block of Sanford Street.
Officers arrived at the location and learned the man’s pickup was missing. Inside the house, officers discovered blood stains on a chair and the refrigerator missing from the location.
At least one witness saw Mr. Roberts and his roommate, Erin Leanne Guthrie, 38, involved in an argument the day before Mr. Roberts disappeared. Guthrie was seen on surveillance footage using Mr. Roberts debit card at a Fort Worth convenience store on May 7, 2011.
On June 7, 2011, Guthrie’s boyfriend, Thomas Eugene Dunham, 43, was stopped by police officers in Alamosa, Colorado, while driving Mr. Roberts’s truck, which had been listed as stolen.
Investigators discovered evidence that there had been blood in the bed of the truck.
Guthrie was located at a nearby Colorado homeless shelter, and also taken into police custody. Based on the totality of the circumstances of this incident and interviews with the suspects, Arlington police investigators consulted with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office and are now proceeding with murder charges.
Guthrie and Dunham have both been charged with murder and remain in custody in the Alamosa County Jail in Colorado. Bail has been set at $500,000 for each suspect.
This is the 12th homicide in Arlington this year.