Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies with cadaver search dogs inspected a property May 8 at the south end of Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, but lacked orders for a full scale search or dig.
The residential property, adjacent to Galati Marine, is owned by Jack R. Fiske and also operates as a private marina.
According to one MCSO deputy stationed in Anna Maria, the search deputies marked several locations on the property that warrant further inspection. The deputy did not know if any digging or additional searches were ordered, but added the search team is expected to return to the property.
Sgt. Paul Davis, head of the MCSO’s Anna Maria substation, was on vacation and unavailable for comment.
No further details of the Fiske property search were available, but the speculation among some residents was that deputies may have been searching for the body of Sabine Musil-Buehler. Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach, went missing from her apartment in Anna Maria on Nov. 4, 2008.
Her former boyfriend, William Cumber, in jail on unrelated charges, has been charged with her murder, although her body has not been found.
Cumber was arrested in October 2012 at the Port Charlotte Correctional Facility while serving time for probation violation on an earlier conviction. He is being held without bail pending his trial.
In 2010, the MCSO extensively searched the beachfront area between Willow and Park avenues in Anna Maria, and used a backhoe to search the beach for Musil-Buehler’s body, but without success.
A homeowner clearing invasive plants on the beach found some personal possessions of Musil-Buehler, prompting the MCSO search.