MANATEE — Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the beach Tuesday in hopes of finding the body of a missing island woman who has not been seen in nearly two months.
Nothing was found in the search in which cadaver dogs were brought in from Polk County Sheriff’s Office, according to authorities.
“We’re just following every lead and every bit of information we get,” said Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube. “I don’t think we’re any closer.”
Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, was last seen by her boyfriend, William Cumber, 39, on Nov. 4 after the couple had an argument. Two days later she was reported missing when her stolen car was stopped by deputies.
Detectives received a tip Musil-Buehler’s body may be placed at the beach near Gulf Boulevard — near the area where she and Cumber were residing at the time. Authorities were not willing to say where the information came from.
Cumber, who has been a high-profile person of interest in the case, was arrested just before midnight Monday by deputies at Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
He was arrested for driving a Ford pickup with a suspended license. Deputies in Marion County stopped the truck when they noticed the tag was expired, according to the report.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Pogue said Cumber violated his probation for two prior convictions he had in Manatee County for arson and battering a law enforcement officer. Cumber was convicted of arson in Manatee County after he burned down a girlfriend’s residence in 2005.
As of Tuesday night, Cumber remained in jail without bond. He will be transported to the Manatee County jail at the end of the year, according to authorities.
“This is a turn in the case now that (Cumber) has violated his probation because he is not supposed to go to anywhere without permission,” Steube said. “This will give us another chance to interview him.”
Cumber is also a person of interest in a suspicious fire on Nov. 16 that burned part of Haley’s Motel, Musil-Buehler’s business.
Cumber said in interviews on Saturday he isn’t responsible for Musil-Buehler’s disappearance or the fire.
He said he believes she is still alive.
Detectives are waiting on more evidence at the crime lab to come back hopefully leading them to Musil-Buehler. Authorities aren’t divulging what the evidence is or where it came from.
Cumber said Musil-Buehler left after their argument in her white Pontiac Sunfire convertible.
Her car turned up two days later when deputies conducted a traffic stop and found 38-year-old Robert Corona behind the wheel. Her clothes were found packed in the trunk, and her blood was also found inside the car.
Corona remains in jail on charges of auto theft.
Anyone with any information about Musil-Buehler’s disappearance can contact Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rick Alvarado at 747-3011, ext. 2513 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.