Police: Martin Weiss murder probe ‘moving along nicely'

April 12, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA

Staff Writer

El Centro police are still searching for a suspect in the slaying of an 85-year-old El Centro man in his residence March 24.

Martin Weiss was killed in his residence at 1230 Ross Ave. sometime between noon and 4 p.m. March 24.

El Centro police Lt. Tim Blankenship said the investigation "is moving along nicely."

He would not comment whether investigators have any suspects. He did say no arrests have been made in the case.

Police think the murder stemmed from a burglary attempt because objects were moved around the house, but investigators are unsure if items were taken from the home.

Weiss' wallet was discovered in Calexico on March 27 by a man who planned to return it to Weiss' home. When the man learned Weiss had been killed, he contacted El Centro police.


Blankenship said it is possible the murderer fled to Mexico since the wallet was found in Calexico, but added "he might still be in El Centro."

The wallet was sent to the state Department of Justice to be processed for fingerprints. Blankenship said El Centro police had not received the results as of today.

Weiss' pickup was found after the investigation into the murder had started. It was found on Clark Road near Loop Road with its right front tire shredded.

Witnesses reported to police they saw Weiss' truck on Clark Road south of El Centro about noon the day of the murder.

One witness reported seeing a male Hispanic driving the pickup with a shredded right front tire.

Another witness reported a Hispanic male was seen standing near Weiss' pickup where the vehicle later was found. That witness said there was blood on the clothing of the man.

A third witness saw a male Hispanic near the pickup and saw a white pickup stop and the driver of that vehicle make contact with the Hispanic male.

Blankenship said police have spoken with the driver of the white pickup.

"We have talked to him and he was very helpful," he said.

Blankenship said the driver of the white pickup is not considered a suspect.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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