Brittany Tavar's Family: 'The Case is Closed' | Crime

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Brittany Tavar's Family: 'The Case is Closed'
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Brittany Tavar's family is feeling some closure following the discovery of remains in St. Johns County,

"As far as family is concerned, the case is closed," said Patricia Bellamah, Tavar's sister.

South Ponte Vedra resident Tavar, 45, disappeared in July 2010.

Remains were found off Highway 207 Thursday near Lightsey Road following an interview with a person of interest in the case.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputies traveled on Wednesday to Seattle, where Joseph Roberts had been arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store. They questioned him late Wednesday night about the disappearance of Tavar.

Detective Kip Brantley said Wednesday morning, based on information deputies received from Roberts, that police searched a wooded area in the western part of St. Johns County.

They found remains in an "advanced stage of decomposition" there which have been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office, according to a statement from the SJCSO. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

A vehicle belonging to Tavar was recovered in the Seattle area.
Roberts is being held on an outstanding warrant from St. Johns County for grand theft auto and unlawful fleeing to avoid prosecution.

Tavar met Roberts at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in St. Augustine and allowed Roberts, a drifter according to investigators, to live with her in her South Ponte Vedra home.

Weeks later, Tavar was last seen in July pumping gas at a gas station on Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Roberts, who has been called a person of interest in the case, disappeared until his arrest this week.

Seattle police arrested Roberts, 26, Tuesday night, after the QVC, an upscale grocery store in University Village, reportedly caught him trying to steal $14 worth of meat.

While talking to investigators, police there said Roberts initially told them his name was Andrew Lake, but said he couldn't give them an accurate date of birth.

Roberts then gave them his real name, and officers learned that he was wanted on warrants here in Florida.

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