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NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. – Dozens of volunteers gathered in Navarre Beach, Fla., on Saturday for the sixth day of searching for answers to the fate of missing mother Cassie Carli, who was last seen nearly of a week.
About 50 volunteers braved wind and sporadic rain to join the search Saturday morning, with some saying they were from out of state, including Texas. Those who searched on foot passed through weeds, tall grass, brambles, sand dunes and areas that could be inhabited by snakes and even bears, said a volunteer close to the family. Those searching via paddle boards or jet skis were urged to watch out for sharks and other dangerous sea life, he said.
“The goal is to prevent someone else from getting hurt or getting sick or anything like that,” the person said.
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The volunteer, who asked to remain anonymous, is one of the people leading the coordination efforts alongside Carli’s family.
The day of research always started in the parking lot of the Pagodas de Juana, near the water tower of the Navarre beach. All volunteers were instructed to start there – what the volunteer described as “ground zero” – before being assigned to a search area that now extends to Panama City Beach, where Spanevelo is believed to have resided. at one point.
The family says they are conducting their search efforts in coordination and communication with law enforcement, which is conducting a separate investigation and search in multiple states with the assistance of the FBI.
Carli, 37, disappeared after meeting the father of their 4-year-old daughter on Sunday evening when the couple arranged to change guards in the parking lot of local watering hole Les Pagodes de Juana.
The man, Marcus Spanevelo, was arrested in Tennessee on Saturday for tampering with evidence, giving false information regarding a missing persons investigation and destroying evidence. Spanevelo has not been charged with murder.
Sheriff Bob Johnson said they believed he was the last person to see Carli. On Thursday, Johnson said investigators located Spanevelo more than four hours and more than 260 miles from Birmingham, Alabama, where they interviewed him and were able to verify the couple’s daughter. Spanevelo did not respond to multiple requests from Fox News Digital for comment and information before his arrest.
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“We’re looking for Cassie,” the volunteer said. “We’re not assuming she’s dead, we’re not assuming she’s a hostage. We’re not assuming she’s been put into the world of trafficking…We’re looking for Cassie.”
The volunteer said searchers have so far come across flip flops, tarps and even a machete and a knife, but nothing that was particularly helpful in the investigation.
“I wish I could say we found the evidence,” he continued.
He described how in one case a search team found “a trail of blood”.
“In our opinion, it was more than someone cutting their foot on the beach and going back to their car,” he said. “At the same time, it was like, ‘Well, maybe it was a fish.
Asked about the findings, Santa Rosa County Sheriff, Sgt. Rich Aloy told Fox News Digital on Saturday, “Everything that has come to our attention has been carefully considered for our investigation.”
Residents passed through the volunteer meeting site with donations of food, water and research materials. Others towed their boats or jet skis into the area to help with the search.
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The Carli family says they are desperate for camera footage of the area around the Juana pagodas from Sunday night through Monday, as well as other volunteers to help with the search.
Speaking to Fox News Digital on Friday, Carli’s younger sister Raeann said the family remains “hopeful”.
“We are still looking for Cassie,” she said. “We’re still diligently looking at everything and everything… We’re going to pick up. We’ve got more people joining the search team, and it’s only going to get bigger, and we’ll only find Cassie. That’s the end goal.”
Carli has set up a GoFundMe page to support the family’s efforts to find Cassie. By Saturday afternoon, the Page had raised over $6,300 of its $15,000 goal.
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Meanwhile, local Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of over $3,000 for information leading investigators to Cassie. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 850-437-STOP.