Crime

Cadaver dogs search beach today in Musil-Buehler case

By BETH BURGER

bburger@bradenton.com

HOLMES BEACH — Acting on a tip, sheriff’s detectives looking for the body of missing island businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler brought in dogs to search the beach near where Musil-Buehler lived with boyfriend William Cumber.

Nothing relating to the Musil-Buchler case was found, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The boyfriend, William Cumber is in jail today on a charge unrelated to the Musil-Buehler case.

Cumber, 39, was arrested in Marion County on Monday and charged with a second offense of driving with a suspended license.

He was held in the Marion County jail without bond. The arrest could violate Cumber’s probation on convictions for battering a law enforcement officer and burning down the house of a former girlfriend in Manatee County, officials said.

Musil-Buehler, 49, was reported missing Nov. 6 by her estranged husband. Her car was found being driven by a man who said he took it from in front of the Gator Lounge in Bradenton.

The car was found to contain drops of the woman’s blood, and to have pieces of the interior removed.

No one has been charged in her disappearance.

In recent days, Manatee County Sheriff’s detectives have pursued tips about her whereabouts, searching a pond and now the beach in Holmes Beach.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow said the beach was searched after detectives received a tip that the body might be buried there. For four hours this morning, cadaver-sniffing dogs crossed and recrossed areas of the beach. To no avail, Bristow said.

The spokesman would not comment further as to where the information about the beach location came from.

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