SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Investigators filed a search warrant to request access to surveillance cameras in the home of a Spokane Valley man found dismembered in April.
Rex C. Porter, a retired anesthesiologist for Providence Sacred Heart, was found dead at his Dishman Hills home on April 9. Responding deputies found the house in disarray and discovered several of Porter’s body parts burned in the backyard.
According to court documents, Porter’s car had been sitting in the driveway of his home for two days with the door open.
A further search of the 11-acre property led deputies to find Porter’s remains in a backyard fire pit. Deputies also found the remnants of a dead animal in a sink inside the home.
Authorities detained Porter’s son, 29-year-old Derek Porter, who they found in the basement of the house. Deputies contacted another family member who said Derek has autism and is non-verbal. The family member said Derek can be violent and has attacked Rex in the past.
According to the search warrant, the house had five Arlo brand surveillance cameras and an Arlo control unit that were seized. The surveillance from the cameras is uploaded through the control unit to the Arlo cloud and stored off site. Court records also state detectives seized a cell phone, laptop and two iPad tablets they believe belonged to the victim.
Detectives hope to search all the contents of electronics, including the surveillance from Arlo Technologies, the search warrant states.
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