Body of missing Florida mother found in “shallow grave”

Posted at 9:27 AM, April 4, 2022 and last updated 8:47 PM, July 13, 2023

By Ivy Brown

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (Court TV) — The body of a missing Florida mother was found in Alabama Saturday evening and her ex-boyfriend is in custody, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.


37-year-old Cassie Carli was last seen March 27 in Navarre Beach. Authorities said she was meeting Marcus Spanevelo to exchange custody of their 4-year-old daughter.

(L) Marcus Spanevelo, (R) Cassie Carli (Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office)

Her car was reportedly discovered two days later at a boat ramp. In a press conference, authorities said Carli’s body was found in a “shallow grave” at a barn in Alabama. Spanevelo “has a connection to the property,” said Sheriff Bob Johnson.

That same day, Spanevelo was arrested in Tennessee on charges of tampering with evidence, giving false information concerning a missing persons investigation and destruction of evidence.

Sheriff Johnson said more charges are expected. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.