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Where is Cassie Carli? Florida mom vanishes after going to meet ex at Navarre Beach

Cassie Carli, 37, texted her father she was going to meet her ex and later texted him saying she was having car trouble and low battery on her phone
Cassie Carli's car has been found but she is still missing (Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL/Facebook)
Cassie Carli's car has been found but she is still missing (Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL/Facebook)

A Florida mother mysteriously went missing the night after going to pick her daughter up from a custody exchange with her child's dad. Cassie Carli, 37, told her father she was going to meet her ex at Navarre Beach and later texted him saying she was having trouble with her car and that her phone battery was running low. She was last seen on Sunday, March 27, evening in a parking lot behind Juana's Pagodas in Navarre Beach where she was meeting her ex, Marcus Spanevelo.

Carli’s father, who then fell asleep, later realized that she had not come back home that night and was missing. On Monday, March 28, an investigation, was launched by the Santa Rosa County sheriff. "The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office is currently working a missing/endangered persons investigation. We are currently searching for Cassie Catherine Carli. She is 37 years of age. She was last seen on Navarre Beach on Sunday evening. Her car has been recovered but she is still missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Major Crimes Unit at 850-983-1190. This remains a very active investigation," Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL wrote on Facebook. Carli's daughter, Saylor, 4, is safe, police said in another post. 


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Carli's sister, Raeann Carli, told NBC that Carli had been living with her father in Navarre and had recently started as a server. “She was in the middle of starting a new job on base being a lead server,” Reann reportedly said. "Saturday evening was the last time she texted me, but she said it just went well.” "She was having to live with my dad until she got back on her feet completely,” Raeann said. “She went to go pick up Saylor because it was his weekend. This is a normal – every other weekend drop-off exchange thing. And they were just meeting right down the road this time," she added. Carli had shared custody of her daughter.



Carli and her ex decided to meet at Navarre Beach, about a mile from where she lived with her father. "Juana’s – it is a local bar that she – it's always been there. So a big parking lot and people using the boat ramp, usually a nice public place,” Raeann said. “My dad said it was just a very brief, you know, ‘Be right back, Dad. I'm just – just going right to Juana’s.’," Reann said. "When he woke up at 10:45 p.m., he immediately started calling my sister and no one would answer." Carli's car was reportedly found near Juana’s. It is in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office impound yard at present.

Sheriff Bob Johnson stated to the press: "What we found concerning was inside that car was Cassie's purse, and as you know, most women don't leave their purse behind when they go somewhere." The sheriff later added that items were found in the purse "that we don't believe she would just up and leave," Johnson said. SRSO detectives also spoke to Spanevelo, who they located in Birmingham, Alabama. Saylor was with him and safe. No suspect has been named and no arrest has been made in connection to Carli's disappearance. Johnson said Spanevelo was the last known person to see Carli.

Carli's disappearance comes days after the body of Naomi Christine Irion, 18, was found in a remote part of Nevada on Tuesday, March 29, two weeks after she was abducted outside of Reno. Following up on a tip regarding Naomi's disappearance, sheriffs arrived at a possible gravesite in Churchill County, where they found a body. On Wednesday, March 30, the human remains “were confirmed as those of Naomi Irion,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said. Irion was last seen at a Walmart parking lot in Fernley, where a stranger got into her car, took the wheel, and drove off.