FBI assisting in search for missing Florida mom last seen Sunday

Deputies say 37-year-old Cassie Carli’s car, purse were located Monday

Cassie Carli (Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office)

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. – The FBI is assisting the search for a missing and endangered Florida mother who was last seen Sunday in the Florida Panhandle, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said Cassie Catherine Carli, 37, was last seen on Navarre Beach Sunday evening. Authorities located her car but she is still missing.

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During a news conference Thursday, the sheriff’s office said Carli was last seen in a parking lot behind a business to meet with Marcus Spanevelo to exchange custody of their 3-year-old daughter.

Deputies said Carli’s father called authorities Monday to report her missing, leading authorities to find her car in the parking lot Tuesday.

“What we found concerning was inside that car was Cassie’s purse. And as you know, most women do not leave their purse behind when they go somewhere. So that caused us a little concern,” Sheriff Bob Johnson said during the news conference.

The sheriff said Spanevelo was found in Birmingham, Alabama, along with the daughter on Wednesday. Johnson said the search for Carli has extended outside of Santa Rosa County.

“If we develop a lead or we develop information that points to a person solid, we’ll have another press conference without a doubt,” he said.

The sheriff said “the way she has gone missing” is of concern to authorities.

She is described as being 5 feet, 5 inches tall with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers Program at **TIPS or 850-437-STOP.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.