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Arrest in Charlotte County cold case murder of Tara Sidarovich

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Arrest in Charlotte County cold case murder of Tara Sidarovich

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Oct 29, 2012

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced the arrest of one suspect in one of the highest profile cold case murders in Southwest Florida history.

Authorities arrested one suspect in the 2001 murder of 19-year-old Tara Sidarovich.  The teenager disappeared from her Punta Gorda home October 1, 2001.  Tara's skeletal remains were found July 12, 2002 in a wooded area east of Burnt Store Road.

New evidence and testimony developed by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Cold Case Unit as well as existing evidence led to arrest warrants being issued for 43-year-old Phillip Gavin Bar and 39-year-old David Ray McMannis.

McMannis was arrested in Cumberland, Maryland, by members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigative Unit on Friday, Oct. 26.  McMannis was closely monitored and then apprehended after the warrants were issued. McMannis awaits extradition to Charlotte County pending any necessary hearings in Maryland. Barr has not been arrested as of yet, and a nationwide search is underway.