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An Arkansas woman’s decomposing body turned up this week underneath the mattress of her ex-boyfriend, who is now on the run from police.
Robin Elizabeth Allmon, 42, was likely dead for several days when authorities found her body wrapped in a sheet under a mattress at Maurice Winda’s home in Hughes, Arkansas, police said.
“[She was] wrapped in a bedsheet with a mattress laying on top of the body, and there was no one at home,” Sheriff Bobby May of the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office told WREG-TV.
Allmon’s cause of death hasn’t been released. Winda, who is wanted for questioning, worked for the City of Hughes in the sanitation department, authorities said.
A Hughes police officer conducted a welfare check at Winda’s home on Monday while he was present at the residence. However, authorities didn’t discover Allmon’s decomposing remains for several more hours.
“The odor of the decomposing body had to be obvious,” May told WHBQ-TV. “They didn’t want to go in the house, that’s why they called us. But they gave us no knowledge that there had been any odor or if a body was indeed in the residence."
County investigators criticized local police for not calling for backup sooner.
“You’d have to assume they didn’t want to acknowledge it, but in any case, it was pretty obvious,” May added.
Allmon’s family has also questioned why her remains weren’t found sooner.
“One officer searched this house knowing good damn well he smelled something horrible, you can smell death especially if someone was there three or four days,” her daughter, Nancy Allman, told WHBQ-TV.
She called for the Hughes police officer who was at the scene to be terminated from his job.
The Hughes Mayor’s Office has previously declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Allmon’s loved ones have also accused Winda of being an abusive partner prior to her death.
“The last known person for her to be with was her ex-boyfriend, and he had been abusing her and assaulting her,” Nancy Allman told WREG-TV.
Allmon required medical attention following at least one of the alleged assaults, she said.
“He blacked her eye,” Nancy Allman said. “Her eye was black, like over, she ended up going to the hospital. She had a fractured eye socket.”
She added that she'd previously helped her mother file charges against Winda.
“I sent pictures over dates, threatening text messages, where he had texted my mom,” she added. “You know, crazy things.”
The grieving daughter is convinced that Winda forcibly took Allmon to his apartment prior to her death.
“In my eyes, in my heart, nothing will make me believe my mom was willingly going in that house on her own,” she added. “I believe he got my mom. He forced my mom.”
Neither St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office nor the Hughes Police Department immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s questions surrounding the case on Friday.
Anyone with information related to Allmon’s suspected murder or the whereabouts of Winda is asked to contact the St. Francis County Sheriff’s office at 870-633-2611.
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