A manhunt is currently underway for a “mentally unstable” man who is suspected of beating and stabbing his grandmother, who was found dead in her home on Wednesday morning.
The victim was named as 64-year-old Darlene Robertson. When her son arrived at her Desoto Drive home, he immediately called 911, telling the operator, “I think she’s been stabbed. I can see a wound on her stomach. I have no idea.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Roberson dead, with cuts, stab wounds and clear blunt force trauma to her head.
Having applied for. and obtained. a search warrant, the police began to search for clues at the crime scene and are now looking for Robertson’s grandson, Patrick Campbell.
A tan 2006 Nissan Altima which belonged to the deceased was taken from her house, and police have issued a nationwide alert to locate it.
New Smyrna Beach Police Chief Mike Coffin said, “I think it’s reasonable to assume at this point that (Campbell) has some connection to the vehicle. Finding the vehicle is the best lead we have at this point.”
A friend of the victim, Henry Toland, said he is concerned for Campbell’s mental well-being,
“The whole thing just makes me sad. His grandma was a great person and never would hurt anyone, especially not him, so I don’t know what could be going on in his head right now. I just have a picture in my head of him acting poorly to some of his delusions or because of something he is feeling. Maybe he doesn’t realize what’s going on,” he said.
A neighbor of the deceased, Woody McKay, said about the murder, “(it’s) Very scary to us. We thought it was a very good neighborhood, and it is a very good neighborhood, but these things happen,” he said.
The police hope that the manhunt will reap some rewards soon, with the focus for now being on the stolen car.