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'She misses her mommy': Murdered Cassie Carli's family waits for 'delayed' autopsy as daughter, 4, asks where she is

Months later the investigators still do not have enough clarity on Carli’s death, unable to press charges on Spanevelo as they await autopsy results
Carli's family said that her daughter misses her mother (Facebook/Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL and Cassie Carli)
Carli's family said that her daughter misses her mother (Facebook/Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL and Cassie Carli)

SPRINGVILLE, ALABAMA: The family of Cassie Carli, who was found murdered in the month of April this year, have expressed their frustrations as they are yet to receive the autopsy results. They criticized the concerned Forensic Science department's autopsy process as “agonizing” and “unacceptable," WFLA reported. 

Carli, 37, was found dead in a shallow grave after meeting her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Spanevelo, for a custody exchange of their four-year-old daughter, Saylor. Police found her body on April 2, buried under a barn in Springville, Alabama that they linked to Spanevelo. Her daughter Saylor was found safe with her father in Birmingham and he was arrested a few days later in Lebanon, Tennessee. "She is still aware of what happened but she just misses her mommy terribly," Raeann, Carli's younger sister, told The Sun. 


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Florida investigators are supposed to have the autopsy results of Carli between late September and the end of October as the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences informed the family that the autopsy is expected to be completed in another 30 to 60 days. “The wait has been agonizing,” Cassie’s sister Raeann told WFLA. “The Carli family is struggling to heal. [Cassie’s] daughter has so many questions and we can’t even provide answers or solace without knowing what’s going on.”


Almost five months later the investigators still do not have enough clarity on Carli’s cause of death and are unable to press additional charges on Spanevelo as they too are awaiting the autopsy results. “We strive every day to complete each case in a timely manner, while insuring all necessary and comprehensive Forensic testing is conducted with the highest quality and in compliance with international laboratory standards,” an Alabama DFS spokesperson wrote to the Carli family. Cassie Carli went missing on March 27.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, with state laboratories in Huntsville, says the completed autopsy results will be sent directly to the case’s lead law enforcement agency and the district attorney’s office. “I have relentlessly contacted law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, victims advocates, and called the coroner almost daily hoping to hear [Cassie’s] death certificate is ready,” said Raeann. “It is one of the most helpless, frustrating feelings I’ve ever experienced.”

Raeann previously described Spanevelo as an "extremely abusive narcissist" whom Carli grew increasingly frightened of in the weeks leading up to her death. So much so that Carli once gave her sister an ominous warning, allegedly telling her, "If something should happen to me, it was him." As of now, Spanevelo is in jail and faces charges of tampering with evidence, giving false information concerning a missing persons investigation, and destruction of evidence connected to allegedly disposing of Carli’s phone. “We expected Marcus to remain tight lipped on the situation, but never thought we’d hear so little answers from law enforcement almost five months in,” said Raeann. “Our primary focus is to of course bring justice for Cassie and begin healing. We look forward to having certainty Marcus will be held accountable so we can move forward with healing.”