FL - Marlys Welp, 53, slain, dumped in Peace River, Sarasota, 31 July 2007

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  1. mattsmom

    mattsmom New Member

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    A swimmer found the suitcase floating in the water, unzipped it and called authorities. It appears to be a caucasian female.

    Charlotte Harbor is between Ft Myers and Sarasota.

    http://www.wftv.com/news/13811889/detail.html
     
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  3. dimples37398

    dimples37398 New Member

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    Wow I wonder how long it would take a body in a suitcase to decompose? Could it have sunk and then eventually started floating again. There is no telling who this might be in this suitcase. I don't think it would have been anyone that has been missing terribly terribly long since they can tell she is white. If you look at mapquest the suitcase could have been dumped in the ocean anywhere along the coast and ended up in the Harbor area, or it could have been dumped there. This will be interesting to find out more details.

    Kel
     
  4. KR2tonenow

    KR2tonenow New Member

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    How long does it take to get more description on the the deceased caucasian female?
     
  5. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    I can't imagine opening a suitcase and finding a dead body. :( Poor woman.
     
  6. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    Man Charged With Helping In Death Of Woman Stuffed In Suitcase

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Officials in New Jersey have arrested another man in the murder of a woman found stuffed in a suitcase and floating in a Florida river last week.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Adam Narducci is currently being held in jail in New Jersey. Police said he has been charged with being an accessory after the murder and grand theft of the victim's car.

    The suitcase with the body of Marlys Ann Welp was found by a swimmer on the Peace River last week.

    Officials said Sarasota resident Scott Haas admitted to suffocating her after she refused to move out of the home they were renting together.

    http://www.wftv.com/news/13845947/detail.html
     
  7. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    Related articles:

    Detectives identify remains found in Desoto

    http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070805/NEWS01/70805007/1075

    Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detectives have learned that the human remains discovered in Desoto County on Thursday appear to be of Marlys Ann Welp, W/F, DOB 10/11/53.

    The victim’s most recent address was 3315 Cambridge Drive, in Sarasota.

    Late Saturday, Detectives from Sarasota and Desoto Counties interviewed the victim’s roommate, Scott E. Haas, W/M, DOB 7/9/71.

    Haas cooperated in the interview and made admissions revealing facts not previously released in media accounts of the case.

    Subsequent to the interview, Scott Haas was booked into the Sarasota County Jail for murder.

    and

    http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=60571

    Arrest made in suitcase murder

    Sarasota, Florida – Investigators say Scott Haas of Sarasota confessed to killing his roommate, 53-year-old Marls Whelp. The two lived with another man at 3315 Cambridge Drive in Sarasota. According to detectives, Haas started arguing with Whelp last Tuesday morning when he asked her to move out. The argument escalated and eventually Haas suffocated Whelp by covering her nose and mouth. Officials say he then disposed of the body in the Peace River.

    ~more at both links~
     
  8. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    I like when they confess right away. I wonder why they were living with her? If they aren't related it just seems odd. Maybe she was taking in boarders.

    RIP Marlys. :(
     
  9. SewingDeb

    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    The one article says she and Scott Haas were renting the home together. Maybe the three of them were renting together to save money and it was strictly a roomie situation.
     
  10. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From July 2011:

    http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2011/07/hunterdon_county_grand_jury_re.html

    According to Florida DOC, Scott Haas is serving 27 years for 2nd degree murder:

    http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/detail.asp?Bookmark=1&From=list&SessionID=261315010
     

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