Disappearance case focuses on Palatka man
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:16 AM EST
Palatka Daily News
Investigators say a Palatka man is "a person of interest" in the October disappearance of a St. Augustine Shores woman.
Rebecca Ann Ware was last seen leaving her job on Oct. 29, 2010.
Her boyfriend, 40-year-old Timothy Johnson of Palatka, has been questioned by St. Johns County detectives and is considered "a person of interest" in the case, sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Kelshaw said Wednesday.
Johnson, who has served prison time for attempted murder, has not been charged in connection with the Ware case, Kelshaw said.
"Foul play is suspected because of the circumstances," Kelshaw said in a telephone interview.
Johnson and Ware were living together when Ware disappeared, Kelshaw said.
Ware, 34, was reported missing by her family after she failed to return home from work.
On Nov. 19, 2010, some three weeks after Ware vanished, St. Johns County investigators searched a wooded area near State Road 206 and County Road 305 for clues.
Their search efforts may extend into Putnam County, Kelshaw said.
"Searchers found no evidence in the search," Kelshaw said. "However, deputies will be looking in other areas in southern St. Johns County and in Putnam County in the days to come."
Kelshaw said Wednesday the investigation has made progress, but declined to be more specific.
"Detectives are aware of many details and persons who have connections to this case; however, due to the nature of this investigation, specific details have not been released," he said.
Ware's car was found in the parking lot of a shopping center near her home almost a week after she was last seen.
Kelshaw said crime-scene technicians examined the car for "any potential evidence" as well as Ware's home in the 100 block of Phoenetia Drive.
Ware was last seen leaving her job at the Hydro America aluminum extrusion plant in St. Augustine. Hydro America is offering a $5,000 reward for information about her whereabouts, Kelshaw said.
Johnson was released from prison in February 2007 after serving 15 years of a 22-year sentence for kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in Putnam County.
Johnson also was convicted of sexual battery with a weapon in 1988, according to the state Department of Corrections.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding Ware. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives Charles Brantley or George Harrigan at (904) 824-8304 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-8477.http://www.palatkadailynews.com/articles/2011/01/06/news/news01.txt