Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron today announced the arrest of one suspect in the 2001 murder of 19-year-old Tara Danielle Sidarovich, who disappeared from her Punta Gorda home Oct. 1, 2001.
Her skeletal remains were found July 12, 2002, in a wooded area east of Burnt Store Road in Charlotte County. An autopsy determined she was murdered.
Arrest warrants for first=degree murder were issued for Phillip Gavin Barr, 43, and 39-year-old David Ray McMannis.
Tara Danielle Sidarovich
McMannis was arrested Friday in Cumberland, Md., by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigative Unit. McMannis awaits extradition to Charlotte County pending any necessary hearings in Maryland.
Barr has not been arrested abut a nationwide search is under way.
Det. Mike Gandy, cold case supervisor, said thousands of hours worked by dozens of investigators have been spent since the investigation began. G
"We were delighted to share this news with Tara's mother, Sharon, and hope it will help Sharon and Tara's other family members and friends rest a bit easier," Gandy said.