Lompoc woman accused of murdering her elderly neighbor

June 11, 2019

Melissa Leigh Martin

Lompoc police have arrested a 35-year-old woman for allegedly murdering her elderly neighbor, whose body was found in the suspect’s home over the weekend. [Cal Coast Times]

Last week, 74-year-old Lompoc woman Eldri Jauch went missing. Late Saturday evening, detectives received information from a witness that helped lead them to Jauch’s body.

On Sunday morning, detectives found Jauch dead inside the apartment of her neighbor, Melissa Leigh Martin, police said. Investigators immediately began searching for Martin and managed to track her to the Buellton and Santa Ynez area.

On Monday, detectives tracked Martin to an address in Santa Ynez. Police surveilled the residence with help from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators.

At about 4 p.m., Martin stepped outside of the home, and officers took her into custody. Officers transported Martin to the Lompoc Police Department, where she was booked into jail on a murder charge.

A potential motive for the murder is unclear. Police are withholding additional details about the case.


Melissa was arrested on the 5th for dui/drugs in Lompoc and was out posting on facebook begging for $ on the 7th. Knowing Eldri I am sure she would have helped any way she possibly could but maybe it wasn’t enough for the murderer.

There will be a candlelight vigil on Saturday at 7pm at the corner of South H & East Cypress in Lompoc for Eldri.


I’m very sorry for the loss of your friend.


Money, or lack thereof, is the root of all evil.

Hint: follow the money.


Actually, that’s one of the most misquoted verses from the Bible. It’s “The love of money” Money is benign.