New search for Anna Maria Island businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler comes up empty

Bay News 9May 20, 2014 

ANNA MARIA -- Investigators are back on Anna Maria Island looking for the body of Sabine Musil-Buehler. She disappeared nearly six years ago.

Manatee County Sheriff’s detectives have been out on the island looking for evidence several times over the years. This time, they’re looking in an area on the bay side of the island.

They’ve been digging in an open lot off of South Bay Boulevard for a week now.

Homicide Detective John Kenney said they decided to look through this area after six search and rescue cadaver dogs indicated there was something there. He said he hopes it turns up something.

“If any evidence was buried with her, braces, maybe jewelry, maybe a cell phone, anything we could tie into the homicide investigation,” said Kenney.

Musil-Buehler went missing in November 2008. Her boyfriend, William Cumber, was charged with second-degree murder. He is supposed to head to trial in October.

Kenney said they’re digging in hopes of bringing an end to this case.

“It’s almost been 6-years,” he said. “We’d like to bring closure to the family. We obviously indicted the defendant and state attorney’s office is ready to go to trial. But this would be something for family to bring closure.”

Detectives said even if they never find the body, they still have a good case. They believe they’ll be able to prove the woman’s boyfriend is guilty.

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