REST IN PEACE: The body of Cassie Carli, a Florida mother who disappeared a week ago while trying to pick up her 4-year-old daughter from her ex-boyfriend, has been found in a shallow grave inside an Alabama barn.
investigators said Cassie Carli was found buried in a shallow grave inside of a barn in Alabama.
The Santa Rosa County sheriff said the discovery was made late Saturday night after they executed a search warrant in St. Clair County outside of Birmingham.
An autopsy will be performed on Monday to determine the cause of death.
The Navarre mother was last seen alive on Sunday, March 27, when she met with her ex, Marcus Spanevelo, to swap custody of their child. Sheriff Bob Johnson said he expects murder charges to be filed against Spanevelo.
The sheriff said Spanevelo has a connection to the property where Carli’s body was found, but he would not reveal what led them to search the barn.
Spanevelo is in jail in Tennessee where he was arrested on Saturday on charges of tampering with evidence, giving false information concerning a missing person investigation, and destruction of evidence.
Johnson said Spanevelo has been uncooperative with investigators throughout the case, and he expects him to fight extradition.
The sheriff said Carli’s four-year-old daughter was found unharmed and is now in a safe environment.
Carli was last seen on March 27 in the parking lot of Juana’s Pagodas, a beach bar and restaurant in Navarre, Florida, where 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.