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Suspect in St. Pete houseboat homicide arrested in N.C.

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: April 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
ST. PETERSBURG -

St. Petersburg police detectives are traveling to Nash County, N.C. to interview a suspect in the murder of an elderly couple found on a houseboat moored at a south St. Petersburg marina.

Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria, 40, was arrested Friday night in North Carolina, while driving a rented 2004 Ford Taurus.

The bodies of 75-year-old John Travlos, and his girlfriend, 74-year-old Germana Morin, were found about 11 a.m. Friday at Loggerhead Marina, 5821 32nd Way S., by a home health care worker, who went to the houseboat for a scheduled appointment, police said.

The couple lived together on the houseboat, police said.

In addition to a warrant for first-degree murder, Figueroa-Sanabria also had an outstanding warrant for trafficking in cocaine, police said.

Detectives have not released a cause of death. However, it appears both people died as a “result of homicidal violence,” police spokesman Sgt. Mike Puetz said in a news release.

Robbery is a possible motive, he said.

The man and woman were seen alive Thursday, Puetz said.

Loggerhead has 13 marinas peppered throughout the state. The one in St. Petersburg is on Frenchman's Creek and has 143 wet slips and 327 dry storage racks in a hurricane-rated building.

St. Petersburg police said they plan to release more information after detectives travel to North Carolina to interview Figueroa-Sanabria.

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