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Posted on: July 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Detectives Investigate Murder at a Homeless Camp


Detectives Investigate Murder at a Homeless Camp

Spokane County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the murder of a transient male at a camp located on E. Farwell.  Investigators identified a suspect who was later located and arrested for Murder 1st Degree.   This remains an active investigation.

On July 4, 2020, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a deceased male in a tent located in the woods near the 2300 block of E. Farwell Road.  

The caller stated he discovered his friend, a 41-year-old transient male, had passed away.  He waited at the roadway and walked Deputies and Fire personnel to the location.  Medics checked the victim, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Major Crimes Detective responded to continue the investigation.

Through the investigation, it was determined the male appeared to have died due to blunt force trauma as the result of a dispute/theft.  A suspect, 37-year-old Robert J. Tolliver, was identified and later located at a different homeless camp in the 11600 block of N. Newport Hwy. where he was arrested without incident.

Tolliver was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 1st Degree.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent at a later time, when appropriate.

This remains an active investigation as Detectives work to determine what led to the death of the victim. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10086228.   

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