Authorities say a former Bradenton man is a "person of interest" in a Sarasota killing because he might be driving the car of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of the Peace River.
The De Soto County Sheriff's Office found the body of Marlys A. Welp, 50, weighted with concrete at the bottom of the river Thursday. On Sunday morning, Sarasota deputies charged Welp's roommate, Scott Haas, 36, in her slaying.
Detectives say Haas admitted to suffocating Welp, putting her in the suitcase and dumping her body in the river. Now the Sheriff's Office is searching for a second roommate who has ties to Bradenton. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chuck Lesaltato said Adam Joseph Narducci, 27, might have Welp's car, which detectives believe Haas used to drive Welp's body to the river. Narducci lived with Haas and Welp in Sarasota. Narducci has an extensive traffic and criminal record in Manatee.
Sarasota detectives believe Narducci is driving Welp's red 1997 Chrysler Sebring, with a white convertible top and Florida tag V80QWD.
Haas is being held in the Sarasota County Jail. Like Narducci, he also has a criminal past in Manatee.