A 39-year-old Maryland man charged in the 2001 death of a Charlotte County teenager is back in Florida to face first-degree murder charges.
David Ray McMannis was extradited back to Charlotte County early Sunday. He is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.
Tara Danielle Sidarovich, 19, vanished from her Punta Gorda home on October 1, 2001. Eight months later her remains were discovered in a wooded area off Burnt Store Rd. in Charlotte County.
On Monday detectives with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office announced McMannis' arrest in the case. They are still seeking a second suspect, a career-criminal by the name of Phillip Gavin Barr. A nationwide search is currently underway for the 43-year-old convicted felon.
McMannis was arrested on October 26 in Cumberland, Maryland by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigative Unit. He signed a waiver of extradition and was transported back to Florida to face charges.
CCSO Detective Mike Gandy, the department's Cold Case Supervisor, says investigators spent thousands of hours reviewing evidence since Tara's disappearance 11 years ago.
On the day she disappeared Tara called co-workers at a Port Charlotte jewelry store to say she was on her way to pick up her paycheck. She never showed.
Her mother returned home that day to find the residence burglarized and Tara's car still in the driveway. Her belongings were still there.
Detectives encountered McMannis and Barr early in their investigation as they were the last people to see Tara alive. Both men worked for a local septic repair company and admitted seeing the victim around noon when they showed up at her home to give her an estimate.
Both men provided blood, hair, saliva samples and work clothes to investigators.
Barr has an extensive prior arrest record dating back to 2002. He served time in state prison for a felony fleeing to elude conviction out of Lee County in 2008. He's also been arrested by Charlotte County authorities on a handful of charges including grand theft, marijuana possession and failure to appear in court.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Phillip Gavin Barr, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).
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