Son of missing Burlington woman charged with murder, falsely reporting an incident

Sheriff charges son of missing woman with murder
Posted at 11:12 AM, Nov 23, 2016

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky man admitted killing his mother at their home, putting her body in her pickup truck and then dumping her in Hebron, a spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff's Office said.

Charles “Hunter” Rohlman, 25, was charged Wednesday with murder and falsely reporting an incident.

His mother, Tammy Rohlman, was reported as a critically missing person Nov. 17. Her family had last seen her at a family function on Nov. 12, and police said she uncharacteristically had not been in communication with family, friends and her workplace. Her pickup truck was at the Quality Inn on Airport Exchange Boulevard in Erlanger. Friends were in disbelief.

Then Friday, her body was found on Point Pleasant Road in Hebron. That's when police arrested her adult son Hunter and charged him with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He was being held at the Kenton County Jail on unrelated charges.

Over the weekend, Rohlman called the Boone County Sheriff's Office and said he was ready to talk, sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben said.

"We went down and talked to him, and he said 'Yeah I did it, and this is how,' and he even led us to some evidence we had not located yet," Scheben said.


Tammy Rohlman was an excellent coworker at Braxton's Cleaners in Burlington, and a great mom and supporting wife, former coworker Alex Bernardo said.

"We had no idea that there were any problems in her family at all because everything seemed, you know -- even on the last day we saw her, everything seemed great," Bernardo said.

Even though Rohlman has been charged, officials say the case remains open and that they are actively investigating the evidence. Rohlman remains held in lieu of a $1 million bond.

His mother's cause of death hasn't been released because official autopsy results weren't yet back from Louisville as of Wednesday, Scheben said.