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Muskegon native murdered in Arkansas

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

A fisherman reportedly discovered the body of Robbin Gore on July 12, just south of Little Rock. Authorities said she was strangled to death with a belt.

The woman's remains were identified Monday.

An Arkansas man, James Clyde Martin, 36, is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.

Sheriff's deputies said Martin confessed to striking Gore and using a belt to strangle her. Police said he then dumped her body in the woods near a mobile home park.

Martin is being held on a $1 million bond.

Gore's mother, Lorraine Howard, said Martin and her daughter were acquaintances, but were not dating. Authorities have not released a possible motive for the killing.

Gore grew up in the Muskegon area and went to Oakridge High School for a time. As a teenager, she and her family moved south. When her parents moved back to West Michigan, she stayed in Arkansas.

Gore's mother said her daughter was a nurse.

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