ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - UPDATE
Authorities in North Carolina have a suspect in custody in the murders of a man and his girlfriend aboard a St. Pete houseboat.
St. Petersburg Police say Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria was stopped driving a gold Ford Taurus rental car last night in North Carolina and is facing first degree murder charges. He also had an outstanding warrant for cocaine trafficking. Figueroa-Sanabria is in a Nash County, North Carolina jail this morning and detectives are headed to North Carolina to interview him.
Meantime, police have also released the identity of the second victim. They say Germana Morin was found dead along with her boyfriend, John Travlos, 75, by a massage therapist who routinely comes to the couple's boat.
Both had upper body trauma and were the victims of a robbery gone bad, according to police.
Travlos's son, John Jr., who lives in Connecticut, released this statement late Friday night regarding his father's death: "Right now my family and I are still in shock and appalled that something like this could happen to a good and caring man. Today my father and my children's grandfather was abruptly taken away from us. This is a terrible loss that no one should have to go through and we hope justice will prevail and the person or persons responsible will be brought to justice."
Police said the couple lived on the boat for about 18 months.
A neighbor told police she last saw the couple on Thursday and all seemed well.
Detectives said they are following a few very solid leads in the case.
"It's the biggest boat over there. It's very impressive," said Paula Barrett.
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