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Police in Florida say the ex-boyfriend of missing mom Cassie Carli has been arrested in Tennessee.
“Marcus Spanevelo is currently in the custody,” the Santa Rosa County Florida Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “” He was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Lebanon Tennessee where he is being held on the following charges :, Tampering with Evidence, Giving False Information Concerning a Missing Persons Investigation, Destruction of Evidence. “
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The statement said that Spanevelo was arrested based on a warrant from the department’s major crimes unit that was signed by a judge.
“Currently, this case remains an active investigation,” the statement added. “We are cautious as the information being released due to the sensitivity of this case. Search efforts for Cassi Carli remain underway. The mutual child is still safe.”
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Police tell Fox News Digital that Spanevelo was arrested around 10 am local time in Lebanon, Tennessee and that a press conference will take place early next week.
Carli was last seen on Sunday evening while meeting in Spanevelo, her daughter’s father, in the parking lot of a beachside restaurant not far from her home in Navarre. Investigators later recovered her vehicle, with her purse inside, and confirmed the couple’s 4-year-old daughter is safe. But Carli remains missing, and loved ones, community members and police are still desperately searching.
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The Younger Carli – who previously told Fox News Digital that Cassie felt “extremely” unsafe around Spanevelo – further explained on Friday that her sister had previously warned them about the man.
“Just in general, with her relationship with him, it has always been, she has had some fear of him,” Carli’s Younger sister, Raeann Carli, said. “He’s always controlling, and trying to be manipulative, and she had some fear of him in the past. And what he’s capable of, or planning maliciously towards her.”
When asked by Fox News Digital if Investigators are any closer to finding Cassie with this arrest, Sgt. Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded; “I hope so, I really do.”
Carli’s family says they will continue searching for her at 10 am on Sunday morning.
“Our family is relieved to know that Marcus is in custody and we are hoping this brings us more answers into Cassie’s disappearance,” Raeann Carli told Fox News Digital. “We’re walking into tomorrow’s search full of hope!”