Anna Primavere, 36, had been missing since last Friday, according to police in her hometown of Titusville, Fla. Her body was discovered Wednesday in Lebanon, Tenn.
“Sadly, for everyone involved, this ended in the worst-case scenario,” Lt. Chris Deloach of the Titusville police investigations unit told Florida Today.
The cause of Primavere’s death was not immediately known. But Titusville police said they believe a suspect named Courtney Dawn Gibson, 28, “likely killed Primavere in a violent manner between 7 p.m. and midnight Feb. 21," FOX 17 of Nashville reported.
Investigators say they believe Primavere’s body was then transported to Tennessee, the Tennessean of Nashville reported.
Police in Tennessee had obtained a warrant to search the car, owned by Gibson, who is now being sought by police after last being seen Sunday, the newspaper reported.
Gibson was hired to babysit a child of the landlord at the house where Primavere was renting a room, police said.
Doorbell video recorded Saturday showed Gibson driving away from the Florida home with a mattress on the roof of her vehicle, and Primavere’s family later reported that Primavere was missing from her room.
The mattress later fell off the vehicle and Gibson burned it by the side of the road, according to FOX 17.
Gibson was reached by police Sunday but refused to cooperate with investigators, then later disappeared, the Tennessean reported.
The suspect is believed to have left Tennessee, Florida Today reported.
The car was located at her parents’ home, the newspaper reported.
Authorites in Florida and Tennessee are cooperating on the investigation, reports said.