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Missing Pasco couple found dead in Hernando, killed by estranged husband, sheriff says

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Sheriff Bob White said his detectives have found the couple who disappeared from a Dade City home last weekend.

The bodies of Lynda McAdams, 46, and William R. Andrews, 37, were found buried in Hernando County, the sheriff announced Friday evening.

White said he has a suspect in custody: the woman's estranged husband.

The sheriff said Michael McAdams, 47, confessed to fatally shooting his wife and her new beau, then burying their bodies in graves across the county line.

The suspect led detectives to where he left their bodies, the sheriff said, and confessed because he wanted to get it out of his system.

"He is with our detectives helping us with the crime scenes," White said. "We have two bodies. We have a confession of murder.

"When we finish our investigation, when the detectives are certain they have everything from him, they will book him into the county jail tonight."

Lynda McAdams and William Andrews were co-workers at a graphics company who became romantically involved, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Andrews of 7128 Cedar Crest Road in New Port Richey was last seen about noon Sunday when he was visiting with his father. He was reported missing Tuesday.

McAdams of 17928 Palamino Lake Drive in Dade City was last heard from at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies said, after speaking with her daughter on the phone. She was reported missing Wednesday.

Michael and Lynda McAdams had been married for 24 years, the sheriff said, when recently the wife asked her husband for a divorce.

The couple had two teenage daughters, authorities said. No records that the wife filed for divorce could be found in Pasco or Hernando counties.

There were no past reports of domestic violence between the couple, the sheriff said.

According to records, Michael McAdams has no previous criminal history in Florida.

The husband eventually agreed to move out of their Dade City home, but the wife remained.

"He told people that he was getting a divorce," White said, "and that he needed some time to sort things out."

Then sometime Sunday, deputies said, Michael McAdams returned to his old home, found the couple there and shot them to death.

Earlier Friday, Pasco detectives went to talk to the parents of Michael McAdams at their Hernando County home. The son then hired attorney Robert Whittle to represent him.

McAdams was taken into custody in Hernando and questioned by Pasco detectives.

But Whittle said when an attorney from his office went to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to speak to their client, officials there refused to let the attorney have access to McAdams.

The Pasco sheriff said that deputies are examining four potential crime scenes in two counties: Lynda McAdams' Dade City home, Andrews' New Port Richey home, Michael McAdams' home in Hernando and the grave site.

The suspect's hobby was catching snakes, according to the sheriff. That made him familiar with remote, hard-to-access areas of Hernando County.

Authorities said they wouldn't uncover the bodies until daylight.

Missing Pasco couple found dead in Hernando, killed by estranged husband, sheriff says 10/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 12:33am]
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