Homeless Florida Man Charged in 2003 Murder

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a homeless man has been charged with the 2003 murder of a German woman whose body has never been found.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports 53-year-old John Alan Mellquist was arrested Friday and is being held in jail without bail.
Deputies say he killed his landlord, 69-year-old Anneliese Schweickardt. She was a German national who lived in the United States on a tourist visa.
A friend reported her missing in October 2003. At the time Schweickardt was evicting Mellquist, who rented a room in her Sarasota home.
Investigators found signs of a violent attack in the home, indicating that she was likely slain. Detectives built a case on DNA evidence since Schweickardt's body wasn't recovered.
Mellquist was living in a tent in the woods.


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