Missing Dunedin swimmer found, accused of boat burglary

Published Aug. 10, 2013

DUNEDIN — A woman reported missing early Friday after she supposedly went for a swim is now accused of burglarizing a boat, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Jessica Frehe's boyfriend, Daren Nailos, reported her missing just before 5 a.m. Friday. Nailos told responding deputies that he had been swimming with Frehe, 36, when he lost sight of her near the Dunedin Causeway.

As authorities launched a search for Frehe, a deputy spotted her car driving away, the Sheriff's Office said. After conducting a traffic stop, the deputy discovered it was Frehe, unharmed, driving the car.

The Sheriff's Office received several reports of vehicle burglaries in the same area. Nailos and Frehe later told deputies they had broken into a boat at 2671 St. Joseph's Drive E and taken several items, including food and alcohol.

While swimming back to shore, Nailos lost sight of Frehe and called 911.

Nailos and Frehe each face one count of burglary.

The pair are also suspected in several car burglaries, authorities said. Deputies are awaiting forensic results for additional charges.