THE family of a mother found dead in a shallow grave say they are “disgusted” by their ex’s silence as her death is still mysterious six months later.
Cassie Carli, 37, was found dead on April 2 in a barn in Springville, Alabama, about 300 miles from where she was last seen alive on March 27 in Navarre Beach, Florida.
The mother-of-one disappeared after leaving her home to join her ex-boyfriend Marcus Spanevelo for a custody swap in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.
Spanevelo was arrested hours before her body was found and remains in custody on charges of evidence tampering, destruction of evidence and providing false information about a missing person in connection with Cassie’s disappearance.
Exactly how Cassie died remains a mystery; A recent autopsy report released earlier this week by the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office in Alabama listed both her cause of death and manner of death as “undetermined.”
According to the report, establishing the cause of death was the only obstacle preventing Florida prosecutors from charging Spanevelo with murder.
With big questions now looming over how investigators will proceed with the case, Cassie’s younger sister Raenne Carli said in an interview with The US Sun last month that she was “disgusted” by Spanevelo.
Speaking of Cassie and Spanevelo’s daughter, Saylor, Raeann said, “Honestly, I’m at the point of disgust right now.
“It’s difficult because he’s Saylor’s father and I know that one day she might have more questions or something, but he always disregarded Cassie’s position as a mother and how much she gave her.
“And now Sailor has had so much love stolen… she has lost the greatest blessing of her life, her mother.
“Well honestly, I’m just through with Marcus; I’m disgusted and done with him and I look forward to the day when I can testify against my victim.
“I’m going to stress to him how terrible a father he is… he claims to be a good father who knew what was best for his daughter, but he did the complete opposite and he was the worst father to her.” “
In a Facebook status posted shortly after Cassie’s autopsy results were released, Raeann wrote: “Don’t believe anything you see in movies or true crime shows. The reality is much darker and twisted… #livinganightmare.”
In a subsequent comment below the post, the grieving sister revealed that her family is currently investigating the idea of hiring a forensic pathologist to conduct an independent review of her remains.
The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office autopsy took six months.
County Coroner Dennis Russell told local media that while Cassie’s death couldn’t be qualified as a homicide, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a homicide victim.
“Indefinite means indefinite,” he told WFLA.
After Spanevelo’s arrest in April, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said his department was building a “strong case” against Spanevelo and expressed confidence he would be found guilty of her murder after charges were brought.
“I think he’s either going to spend the rest of his life in prison or he’s going to get the needle,” Johnson said, adding that Spanevelo was “uncooperative” in the early stages of their investigation.
“Hopefully the needle,” he added.
“THROW THE BOOK AT HIM”
In her interview with The US Sun before the autopsy was completed, Raeann also expressed her confidence that Spanevelo would one day be charged in Cassie’s death.
He is currently only charged in connection with her disappearance, allegedly giving police false information and tampering with evidence after allegedly disposing of Cassie’s phone.
Police have not said if they expect to bring additional charges against Spanevelo.
But in early September, Raeann said by phone she had “complete confidence” that law enforcement would do so.
“I have every confidence that law enforcement in both Alabama and Florida will work together and that he will be charged with murder — no matter what,” she said.
“It’s just a matter of timing and we’re waiting for that.
“I am adamant that he will be charged with murder and I can’t wait for that day when I will be over the moon.”
As the investigation into Cassie’s death is still ongoing, Raenn added that she doesn’t expect Marcus to help authorities in any way.
“I don’t expect him to come up with any information, I expect him to remain silent at all times.
“I don’t expect any remorse or confession or anything from him. But I also hope because of this behavior that he will be charged with everything they can do to him.
“I definitely want them to throw the book at him.”
Spanevelo, 34, was arrested in Lebanon, Tenn. on the morning of April 2 and charged with evidence tampering, destruction of evidence and providing false information about a missing person in connection with Cassie’s disappearance.
Her body was found hours later by investigators, buried in a shallow grave in a barn in Springville, Alabama, at the property, police, to whom Spanevelo had ties, said.
For years, the couple were locked in a bitter custody battle, with Cassie reportedly being so scared of her ex that one day she reportedly warned her family, “If anything happened to me, it was him.”
Cassie was last seen alive in Navarre Beach, Fla., 300 miles from where she was found, when she met with Spanevelo to exchange custody of Saylor.
Spanevelo admitted to having an “argument” with Cassie during the meeting, but denied harming her, police documents show.
He also allegedly admitted to throwing her phone out the window of his truck.
When asked why he didn’t keep it to give back to her later, he said he didn’t look after her property, so he decided to throw it away, according to the affidavit.
Investigators first questioned Spanevelo on March 29. He told officers there was an “argument” between him and Cassie, though he declined to elaborate.
He claimed she had gotten “hyper” but agreed to drive her to an unspecified location as it was on the way to its destination.
Spanevolo claimed Cassie “jumped out” and “he drove away and left her” before returning to his home in Panama City Beach, Fla.
However, investigators say they have been able to recover surveillance footage that contradicts his claims.
In text messages sent to Cassie’s family, Spanevelo claimed she asked him to drop her off “in the middle of nowhere in Destin,” but police again said the report could not be confirmed.
Spanevelo has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
He is due to appear in court later this month, with jury selection set to begin early next week.
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