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Tara Danielle Sidarovich

If you have information that can help solve this case, please call the Cold Case Unit at 941-575-5361 or after hours call 941-639-2101, or email them at coldcase@ccso.org.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Tara Danielle Sidarovich, age 19, 5'05" approx 150lbs with light brown hair.

On October 1, 2001 at approx 5:30pm Deputies responded to a Westwood Drive address in Punta Gorda in reference to a possible burglary. It was found that jewelry was missing, but there were no signs of forced entry. It was further learned that the residence was occupied by Tara during the day and her whereabouts were unknown.

Tara had stayed home waiting for some home maintenance repairs. When her mother returned home she was unable to locate her daughter.

On July 12, 2002 the skeletal remains of Tara were located in a wooded area off of Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is now investigating this as a Homicide.

In October 2012, a warrant was issued for David Ray McMannis and Phillip Gavin Barr on charges of First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Tara Sidarovich. McMannis was arrested in Maryland and extradited to Charlotte County.
In October of 2015, PHILLIP GAVIN BARR went to trial for First Degree Capital Murder and was convicted and sentenced to Life without Parole in the Florida Department of Corrections.
DAVID RAY MCMANNIS is currently awaiting trial for the same charges.

CCSO Major Crimes Unit-Cold Case detectives are actively investigating this case and anyone who has information is asked to contact them at the numbers above.

Posted on June 15,2016

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