Update! Robert Fry, 30 arrested for
these two brutal murders.
THE MURDERER(S) OF
Joseph Fleming & Matthew
In the early morning
hours of November 29, 1996 (the morning after Thanksgiving), two adult males - Matthew
Trecker (a.k.a. Matthew Frank), 18, and Joseph Fleming, 24 - were murdered at 109 N.
Allen, Farmington, inside a business known as The Eclectic. The murders were
committed at night while the business was closed, and Trekker had been living inside the
business with the owner's permission at the time of the murders. Fleming, who was a
close friend of Trecker's, had stopped by the business late at night to play a video game
on a computer inside the business.
The murders were committed with an edged weapon, and the bodies were discovered when
police investigated a call concerning a broken storefront window at the business.
The ensuing investigation resulted in the Farmington Police Department identifying a
suspect, but no criminal charges have been filed as of yet due to a lack of sufficient
The Eclectic enjoyed a unique place in the Farmington business scene. It had only
been in business for about six months before the murders and went out of business a month
after. The merchandise sold in the store consisted of knives, swords, incense,
masks, t-shirts, and other clothing. The store was not considered successful as a
business venture, and its real purpose seemed to be a place where disaffected youth could
congregate. The age range for those who habitually hung out at the store was from 16
to about 21. These teenagers and young adults would be present during business hours
and after those hours for various activities.
Investigators believe that the suspect in these murders may have discussed the killings
with other people since the incident occurred in 1996. Anyone with information which
may assist in bringing this case to trial is encouraged to contact either Detective
Sergeant Doug Kennedy with the Farmington Police Department at (505) 599-1017; Deputy
District Attorney June Stein at (505) 325-7555; or San Juan County Crimestoppers at (505)
334-8477. Callers do not need to reveal their identity; however, investigators would
prefer to speak directly to individuals with information, either in-person or via
If you or anyone you know has information about the murders of these two young men we urge
you to help. You may contact any of the numbers above or email us. Any information about this murder, as
insignificant as it seems, may be important!