The body of missing Florida mother Cassie Carli was found in a shallow grave in Alabama on Saturday night – nearly a week after the mother went missing while picking up her daughter from a sex swap. custody, officials said Sunday.
Authorities executing a search warrant found Carli’s body buried in a barn in Springville, nearly 300 miles north of where she was last seen at Navarre Beach, the city’s sheriff said Sunday. Santa Rosa County, Bob Johnson, at a press conference.
Carli’s ex-boyfriend Marcus Spanevelo, who is currently in custody, has ties to the property, the sheriff said without giving details of the connection.
Spanevelo faces charges of tampering with evidence and providing false information related to the investigation, the sheriff said.
Further charges are pending for Spanevelo following the results of an autopsy, which is scheduled for Monday.
Carli, 37, was identified by a tattoo on her body, police said.
“It’s obviously not the ending we wanted, but we’re hoping to provide some closure for the family,” Johnson told reporters.
Sunday marks a week since she went missing after picking up her 4-year-old daughter, Saylor, from a custody swap with Spanevelo, the tot’s father, at Navarre Beach in Pensacola.
Sheriff Johnson expects Spanevelo to eventually be extradited to Santa Rosa County Jail from Tennessee.
“He was totally uncooperative. He never cooperated with us,” he said. with the authorities? That’s quite revealing.
Spanevelo was questioned by authorities in Birmingham on Wednesday, when officials confirmed Saylor was safe. Police placed him under surveillance in Tennessee, which resulted in his arrest Friday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
He was slapped with his current charges for allegedly taking Carli’s cellphone and disposing of it. The sheriff added that he also “lied multiple times in different scenarios.”
“I think we have a great deal,” the sheriff said. “And I think he’s either going to spend the rest of his life in jail or get stung.”
The Tennessee Department of Children and Families is taking custody of Saylor, WEAR reported.