TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The body of missing Florida mother Cassie Carli was found in a shallow grave Saturday evening at an Alabama barn, according to deputies.
Carli’s body was found during a search warrant nearly one week after she went missing, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said during a Sunday press conference.
Carli was last seen on March 27 in the parking lot of Juana’s Pagodas in Navarre, Florida, when she was supposed to pick up her daughter Saylor from her ex-boyfriend Marcus Spanevelo during a custody exchange.
Authorities found Carli’s car in that same parking lot, but she was still missing. Her purse was left behind in the car.
“There were things in the purse … we don’t think she would just up and leave,” Sheriff Bob Johnson said during a press conference earlier in the week. “Usually you don’t go four days without hearing from them, or them using a credit card, cell phone … so yeah, we’re concerned.”
Both Spanevelo and Saylor were found the following day in Birmingham, Alabama, with Saylor being returned to her mother’s family.
Several days later, Spanevelo was arrested in Tennessee on charges of tampering with evidence, giving false information concerning a missing persons investigation, and destruction of evidence.
Carli’s family told WFLA Now’s JB Biunno Friday that the missing mother was concerned about Spanevelo as they worked through custody problems.
“Cassie’s been telling me for the last two years that [Marcus] has been threatening her,” said her brother, Anthony Carli. “She’s always said, if anything happens to me, it’s him.”
Sheriff Robert Johnson said he personally delivered the news of Cassi’s death to the family saying, “It gives them some closure that they know where she is at now, but it’s their daughter.” He added, “it’s terrible.”
Deputies said an autopsy is scheduled to take place Monday where Carli’s cause of death is expected to be determined.
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