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$5,000 reward offered in missing woman case

MANATEE — The Gold Star Club of Manatee County is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the disappearance of Holmes Beach motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.

Musil-Buehler, 49, co-owner of Haley’s Motel, has not been seen since Nov. 4, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Gold Star is offering the reward for any information leading to where she is, or any information leading to the person or persons responsible for her disappearance, a sheriff’s report said.

On Nov. 6, deputies pulled over a man driving Musil-Buehler’s car near 14th Street West. Robert Corona told detectives he stole the car from the Gator Lounge parking lot on 14th Street West.

When deputies told Musil-Buehler’s husband, Thomas Buehler, they had found his wife’s car, he said he hadn’t seen her in two days. Deputies found Musil-Buehler’s blood in the car and upholstery ripped off seats.

Corona was arrested on a charge of grand theft auto, but detectives do not believe he was involved in Musil-Buehler’s disappearance, according to sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

Sheriff’s officials have named Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend a “person of interest” in her disappearance. Musil-Buehler and her husband had been separated, and she had been living in a apartment on Holmes Beach with William Cumber. Cumber had just been released from prison in September on an arson conviction for burning down an ex-girlfriend’s house.

Cumber told detectives he and Musil-Buehler had fought on Nov. 4 and she drove off. Two weeks after Musil-Buehler disappeared a fire at Haley’s Motel destroyed a duplex on the property.

Holmes Beach Police called the fire suspicious and named Cumber as a “person of interest” in the fire because of his past. Cumber claimed he was being framed.

Since the fire, Cumber has been arrested on a probation violation on his arson conviction. Deputies in Marion County arrested him after pulling him over driving with a suspended license. He is expected to be brought back to Manatee County in the next week to face violation of probation charges, Bristow said.