ROCKFORD — A 26-year-old Rockford woman was murdered inside her home Thursday morning. Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said investigators are searching for her boyfriend as the alleged triggerman.
A call reporting a shooting at 509 North St. in Rockford came in to Mercer County Central Dispatch at 10:43 a.m. Thursday. Grey said when Rockford Police Chief Paul May arrived, he found Melinda S. Shinn, 26, dead inside.
“We don’t know where the suspect is at this point. Obviously we’re going to try to locate him,” Grey said. “We’re going to get a warrant for him, get everything entered in the computer to get everyone looking for him. We’ll try to go to places we think we may be.”
The suspect, Grey said, is Shinn’s boyfriend, Daniel C. Martin, 40. The sheriff’s office put out an all points bulletin on Martin and his vehicle, a red 1998 Ford Explorer with Ohio license plate EHU 5541. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, Grey said.
As is standard for the sheriff’s office in homicide investigations, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were called to help process the scene, Grey said. The Rockford Police Department is also aiding in the investigation.
May said Shinn and Martin are a couple the department is familiar with.
“We’ve had calls of service there over the last couple years, actually,” May said. “They’ve been together at least two years that I know of, and we’ve had several calls there for complaints.”
May said none of the calls have resulted in charges being filed against either party to his knowledge.
“I never thought we would have something like this,” May said. “This is my 20th year here, and I grew up in that area. In general, in Mercer County this shouldn’t happen.”
Grey and May said anyone with information on Martin’s whereabouts should call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724.