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Police look for boyfriend of dead woman

Authorities have identified the woman found dead in a camper Sunday morning and intensified their search for the boyfriend.

Karen A. Vibbert, 32, was last seen alive at the Red Barn Tavern, where witnesses reported hearing her arguing with someone Saturday night, said Pinellas sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita.

"But we don't know who the argument was between, and then she was found in the morning," Tita said.

Detectives are calling 40-year-old Jeffrey K. Manes, whom Vibbert dated for a year and a half, a "person of interest" but stopped short of calling him a suspect.

Vibbert's body was found at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with upper body trauma, Tita said, declining to elaborate on how she died.

"We need to find out what he knows," he said.

Manes has a criminal history in Florida, including arrests on charges of domestic battery. He was released Dec. 27 from the Pinellas County Jail after being charged with aggravated domestic battery. Prosecutors dropped that case last week.

Manes also has been on probation for failing to appear in court in a separate domestic battery case. He was ordered to undergo alcohol evaluation and random testing.

"The victim and the guy we're looking for had a violent relationship that was known to a lot of their friends," Tita said.

Tita said Manes does not have a vehicle and may be staying at a shelter in the Tampa Bay area. He showed up at a friend's mobile home at 7 a.m. Sunday looking for a cold beer.

Manes' motor home, where Vibbert's body was found, has been towed from 2601 50th Ave. N to the sheriff's evidence compound.

Manes is 5-feet-11 and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 582-6200.

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