Slain Lexington dermatologist had complained to police about harassing phone calls

Dr. Martha Post
Dr. Martha Post

Lexington dermatologist Martha Post, slain outside her office last week, had complained to local police at least twice over more than a year's time that a man she knew was making alarming phone calls to her.

That information was gleaned from Lexington police documents made available to the Herald-Leader this week through a Kentucky Open Records Act request.

According to one of the documents, Post complained to police on June 16, 2010, that a man identified in the document as Marty Rowe, a former employee, had called her cell phone numerous times. She told police that he had developed an obsession with her. She said Rowe said he wanted to be with her and wanted her to leave her husband.

On Dec. 15, 2010, Post and her husband, Dr. Robert Truitt, told police that a known person had been calling them "with no legitimate purpose, causing annoyance and alarm," according to another police document.

The Dec. 15 document did not list a name for the caller, but on Wednesday night, Truitt said the person was Rowe.

Post, 55, was shot multiple times as she apparently was backing her vehicle out of the parking lot at her office on Sept. 1. She was pronounced dead at 8:25 that night, according to authorities.

Truitt told the Herald-Leader on Friday, the day after his wife was killed, that a man had been stalking her. He would not name the man then, but he confirmed Wednesday that he was talking about Rowe.

At one time, Rowe had lived in an apartment in the basement of the office building where Truitt, who specializes in internal medicine, and Post practiced, according to Truitt. Rowe, who is about 65, had done renovation work on the office building at 2351 Huguenard Drive, and was allowed to live in the basement because he had no place to live, according to Truitt.

Rowe had been a guest in Truitt's and Post's home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Truitt said. Later Rowe began having problems, and he stopped living in the basement apartment, Truitt said last week.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts has said that police have "persons of interest" in Post's slaying, but she has declined to answer questions about those individuals. She declined on Wednesday to answer questions about the complaint that names Rowe or to address whether he is one of the persons of interest.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Wednesday evening.

Montgomery County, Ohio, police said Wednesday that they received a bulletin at 7:14 a.m. Friday to be on the lookout for Marty Rowe, a white male, in reference to a homicide in Fayette County, Ky.

Truitt said last week that Rowe had traveled back and forth between Lexington and Dayton, Ohio.

Truitt said he and his family have been sitting at home with the doors locked.

He said he had "nothing but praise" for Lexington police's efforts to protect his family.

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