NWGA Scanner | April 15th, 2022

Man arrested in Floyd County after locking 82-year-old grandmother in a freezer while she was still alive, killing her

FCPD RELEASE: On April 14, 2022, Floyd County Police investigators received information regarding a possible missing person, 82-year-old Doris Cumming. The family believed she had moved out of state but had not communicated with her family since the supposed move.During the investigation, it was discovered that Mrs Cumming’s grandson, Robert Tincher III, had been living with her prior to her disappearance and should have moved with her at the end of 2021.Contact was made with Tincher and it was learned that at some point around December of 2021 Mrs Cumming was injured at their residence and Tincher did not seek medical care for his grandmother. Investigators have reason to believe that, while injured but still alive, Mrs Cumming was placed inside large plastic bags and then placed in a freezer and this was done for the purpose of concealing Mrs Cumming’s death.At this point of the investigation, it is also believed that Mrs Cumming received several other injuries prior to her death. Mrs. Cummings was left in the freezer until her death and left at that location until around March of 2022; this is when she was transported to another location within Floyd County.Tincher has been charged with Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Battery and Concealing the Death of Another.

According to Floyd County Police Department incident report, On April 14th, 2022, late Thursday night Floyd County Police discovered an 82-year-old woman’s body stored inside a freezer. Floyd County Police Department investigators made the discovery that led to the arrest of Robert Keith Tincher III, 29, of Rome, at a home on Hennon Drive after following up on a concern voiced by a family member. Tincher is accused of taking his grandmother, who had fallen, and placed her alive into plastic bags some time in the end of 2021. He then dragged her through the residence and placed her in a large freezer breaking several of her bones as he dragged her through the residence. FCPD Investigator Werner reported, “He described her movement and breathing when the freezer was locked.” According to the report, Tincher told police her back broke as he forced her into the freezer. He also described to the investigator in graphic detail her moving and breathing while in the freezer, which was locked. According to the report, Tincher kept her body in the freezer and expressed fear of discovery. He then moved that freezer to a nearby storage unit and then roughly four months later that freezer was discovered by Floyd County Police. The report said, “Tincher had no provocation or altercation with the victim, nor (performed) life saving measures.” Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor said the unidentified victim’s body is being taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta. Tincher was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with felony malice murder, concealing the death of another, aggravated battery and felony murder as well as felony failure to appear warrants on two felony terroristic threats and acts charges stemming from a July 18, 2018, incident where Tincher is accused of conspiring to hire a hit man to kill his then wife. According to the report, At the time Tincher used Facebook Messenger to contact a man about a “contract” to put his wife “6 feet deep.” Tincher, who was indicted in September 2018, failed to show up for a court date and a felony bench warrant was issued for his arrest the same month that the other man was found not guilty.