HOLMES BEACH — Those who know and love respected Holmes Beach motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler are scared for her life and puzzled at her disappearance that they say is completely out of character.
For seven years, Musil-Buehler, 59, has owned Haley’s Motel, on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, with her husband Tom Buehler. The couple recently separated but have remained business partners and friends.
Buehler reported his wife missing Thursday morning, saying he had last seen her Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for detectives to catch a break, but it is one that has turned out to be frustrating.
The same morning Buehler reported her missing, deputies pulled over a man driving Musil-Buehler’s car. Robert Corona, 38, stopped the Pontiac Sunfire at 12th Street Court West and 26th Avenue West. He fled on foot but was quickly arrested after a sheriff’s K-9 dog found him hiding nearby.
Detectives have also questioned Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend, William J. Cumber. Cumber, 39, who detectives say is on parole for a 2005 arson conviction, told investigators he had not seen his girlfriend for two days.
He could not be reached for comment. Cumber was released in September after three years in prison. Court records say he pleaded guilty to setting fire to a woman’s home.