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Date of Issue: February 27, 2009

Cumber faces 15 years in prison

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William Cumber III, 39

William Cumber III, a “person of interest” in the disappearance of his girlfriend, faces 15-30 years in jail for an alleged violation of probation.

Cumber, 39, has been jailed since late December on a charge that he violated his probation for a 2005 arson conviction.

He has been described as a “person of interest” in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Sabine Musil-Buehler, the co-owner of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach. Musil-Buehler has not been seen since late Nov. 4, 2008.

Cumber has said that the two had a verbal argument and that she left the home she was renting in Anna Maria and he has not seen her since.

Authorities found Musil-Buehler’s car on Nov. 6, 2008, in Bradenton. Small amounts of her blood were found in the front seat and some of her possessions were found in the trunk.

On Tuesday, Cumber appeared in a Bradenton courtroom for what was scheduled as a violation of probation hearing.

His attorney, however, requested a continuance to become more familiar with the case and to talk with his client.

The prosecution agreed to the continuance, while pointing out that the best deal it would offer Cumber is 15 years in prison for a violation of probation.

Cumber’s attorney, Thomas Ostrander, said 15 years seemed high for his client’s alleged misconduct — leaving Manatee County without permission from his probation officer and driving on a suspended license.

For more on Cumber’s case, read the March 4 issue of The Islander.

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