PERSON OF INTEREST ARRESTED IN
SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN
Missing for nearly three weeks without a
trace, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is now calling the search
for a 31-year-old Holly Hill woman a homicide investigation.
Thursday night, the Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ormond Beach man
considered a person of interest in the disappearance of Mandy
Ciehanoski. While the search for Ciehanoski continues, the Sheriff’s
Office has charged ex-boyfriend Michael Annicchiarico with impeding
the investigation by lying about being with the woman.
Family members reported Ciehanoski as
missing to the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 14. By that time, she had
already been gone for a week. Sheriff’s investigators have been
interviewing family and friends in an effort to find out what
happened to Ciehanoski. Among those interviewed was Annicchiarico,
who used to date the missing woman. He initially told investigators
that he hadn’t seen the victim for about two years. He later changed
his story, admitting that he had seen Ciehanoski as recently as
December. Investigators, however, learned that also was a lie after
they obtained surveillance video that showed the two together just
five days before Ciehanoski’s disappearance. Confronted by
investigators with the evidence from the surveillance video,
Annicchiarico has now admitted that he last saw the victim on Feb.
7, which was the last time anyone has seen or heard from her.
Investigators said Annicchiarico also lied about what vehicle the
victim was driving on the day of her disappearance. Based on
information uncovered during the investigation, Sheriff’s officials
now believe that Ciehanoski was the victim of foul play and is most
likely dead. The investigation has now been turned over to the
Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit.
After bringing Annicchiarico in for
another interview Thursday night, the Sheriff’s Office arrested him
on charges of making a false report to law enforcement and providing
false information to law enforcement during an investigation.
Investigators also charged him with forgery and unlawful transfer of
a title for illegally transferring ownership of a car that didn’t
belong to him. Additionally, Holly Hill Police have charged
Annicchiarico with grand theft.
Annicchiarico, 33, of Ormond Beach, is
being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on
$13,500 bond. Anyone with information about Annicchiarico or the
whereabouts of Ciehanoski is asked to contact Sheriff’s investigator
Beth Fortin at (386) 248-1777.
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