MANATEE -- Family members of the slain Jazmin Catano are trying to raise enough money to return her remains to her native Colombia.
The family created a bank account for family and friends who have been chipping in to help defray the expensive cost of transporting her home, according to family friend Julian Aguilar.
Catano was found dead in her new apartment just before midnight June 23.
Ex-boyfriend Andres Collazos remains the only person of interest identified in the Manatee Sheriff's Office investigation.
Detectives are still trying to build a case strong enough to issue an arrest warrant, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
"He is still a person of interest," Bristow said. "But if the case goes a different direction, then so be it."
Collazos was named a person of interest after detectives trying to find him for questioning discovered he had flown out of Ft Lauderdale to his native Colombia the same day Catano's body was discovered.
"We are hopeful and confident that it will lead to an arrest," Bristow said. "In these cases it takes several days and in some cases several weeks to process evidence and get the results."
Once an arrest warrant is issued, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office could work to extradite him from Colombia, since the United States has had an extradition agreement with the country since 1982.
Catano was an employee of the Manatee County Clerk of Courts criminal division. She had a 12-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter with ex-husband of 11 years, Jorge Carvalho.
The children celebrated birthdays last week without their mother.
Catano separated from her ex-husband in March 2011 and started dating Collazos later that year. She lived with Collazos until just before her death when she moved into her own apartment.
Manatee detectives report family and friends insisted Collazos be interviewed following her death.
The Manatee Sheriff's Office investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call MSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 2518 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.