Homeless Fla. man charged in 2003 murder

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

SARASOTA, Fla. — 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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