Accused killer is arrested; victims' body dismembered

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MCSO Media Relations

Press Release

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have arrested Christopher Lee Takhvar, 45, for the murder of Belleview resident Robin Lee Upson, 63.

The investigation began when Robin’s dismembered and decapitated remains were located in the Ocala National Forest in June. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Takhvar, Robin’s business partner and friend of approximately 20 years, had murdered her, then dismembered and disposed of her body.

On June 11, MCSO deputies responded to a location near the intersection of NE 115th Avenue and East Highway 40 in the Ocala National Forest in reference to human remains being found there by a hiker. When they arrived, deputies found a woman’s torso, which was missing its head and appendages. A photo of a Robin bird tattoo found on the remains was posted to the MCSO Facebook page in an effort to identify the victim. She was positively identified as Robin Upson soon after.

Contact was made with Upson’s family, who said that Upson’s friend, Christopher Takhvar, had borrowed their van, but failed to return it. In the meantime, detectives executed a search warrant of Upson’s home and found the murder and dismemberment had occurred there. The family’s van was later located in Orlando, and detectives discovered evidence that Takhvar was the sole occupant of the vehicle and had used the van to transport and dispose of Upson’s remains.

Takhvar was arrested Aug. 15 Jefferson, Texas, on a warrant for the theft of the Upson family’s van. MCSO Detective Aaron Levy traveled to Texas to interview Takhvar, where he admitted to stealing the van and killing Robin, claiming it was done in self-defense. He further admitted to completely dismembering her body and disposing of Upson’s torso in the Ocala National Forest. Takhvar also told Levy he buried the victim’s head, arms and legs in her backyard. Detectives, MCSO forensic technicians and the Medical Examiner subsequently discovered the missing body parts buried there.

Levy conducted a review of the evidence in this case and refuted any and all claims made by Takhvar that this was a case of self-defense. Takhvar was transported from Texas to Marion County where he is charged with Second Degree Murder and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He is in the Marion County Jail on no bond.