Police say John Travlos and his girlfriend were killed aboard their boat in Loggerhead Marina


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.

From Action Air One, you get an idea of how huge the double decker houseboat really is.
"Yeah, it's big money over in this area," said neighbor Briana Hickman.
Around 60 feet long, the "Relax Inn" is moored in a large slip at the Loggerhead Marina.  From above you can see a rooftop hot tub with a private deck.
"It seems as though there was a lot of prestigious clients utilized that facility," said neighbor Alfreda Lassiter.
Now the houseboat is a massive crime scene.
"It's going to be very meticulous because obviously they don't want to disturb or destroy anything that could possibly lead to a potential suspect," said St. Pete Police spokesperson Mike Puetz.
St. Pete Police say a healthcare worker discovered two bodies, that of John Joseph Travlos, 75, and his girlfriend, during a routine visit around 11:00 Friday morning.
"I walked over there this morning. I walk there twice a day and I didn't see them this morning," said Barrett.  
Barrett says she believes they live full-time on-board.
"Sometimes they're out and I see them cleaning the boat or sitting outside," she said.
Witnesses tell detectives they saw the man and woman alive yesterday.  Friday afternoon, crime scene investigators, taped off a large area next to the boat, took pictures on the roof and towed a car from the parking lot. 
Homicide detectives report that both victims died as the result of upper body trauma, but are not releasing the exact cause of death at this time. They are working several suspect leads and believe that robbery may be a possible motive in the case.
"They spent a lot of time together," said Barrett of the couple.
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