The Press Newspaper
Sarah E. Bunch, of 1929 Sharon Drive, is currently in the Wood County jail for allegedly murdering Robert Porter, of 350 West Andrus Road earlier in the week.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. last Monday, Dec. 8, Northwood police and fire departments responded to a fire at Porter’s residence. The fire was quickly extinguished. But while searching the residence, Porter’s body was found in a rear room.
Bunch appeared before the Perrysburg Municipal Court the following day.
Northwood Police Chief Thomas Cairl said Porter died of a gunshot wound.
“We’re still looking at different facets of the investigation,” Cairl told The Press on Wednesday. “It’s still ongoing. We don’t want to give anything out.”
Bunch, he added, “does not have an extensive record by any means.”
Paul Dobson, chief assistant Wood County prosecutor, said Bunch allegedly confessed to shooting Porter, though he would not give further details. He said his office is still investigating Bunch’s and Porter’s relationship.
Dobson said Bunch has not yet been arraigned.
“An arraignment indicates that she has entered a plea of either guilty or not guilty, and we’re not at that stage yet. She’s been through an initial appearance in front of a judge,” said Dobson.
“She’s currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing at Perrysburg Municipal Court on Dec. 18,” he added. “That’s pretty much it.”
The homicide marks the first in the city in 12 years, he said.
The last homicide was on Dec. 20, 1996, when Michael Bollman was found brutally slain in the former Car Corral on Earl Street and Woodville Road, where he worked as a finance manager. Bollman, of 3049 Marvin Street, was shot several times in the head. Police believe the murder took place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. when he was alone. He was found at approximately 12:20 p.m. by one of the car dealership’s owners, Ali Sayed.
Bollman, formerly of Ottawa, Ohio, turned 26 on the day of his murder.
His killer escaped amid the bustling lunch crowd traffic and last minute Christmas shoppers on Woodville Road. The Car Corral has since closed.
Police early in the investigation focused their attention on a married woman from Woodville who met Bollman on the Internet. The meeting culminated in a sexual relationship, according to affidavits for search warrants filed in Ottawa County Municipal Court that year.
Bollman’s murder remains unsolved.