Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Schweikardt had been living in Sarasota since 1995 in a duplex style villa located at 5619 Monte Rosso Road. Schweickardt was a German citizen who lived in the United States on a tourist visa. She had no immediate family in this country, but kept in routine contact with a childhood friend in Germany. She also traveled annually to maintain her tourist visa status.
A missing persons report was taken in 2003 after her friends were unable to reach her for several weeks. Based on the preliminary investigation, the Sheriff's Office believes Schweickardt has been missing since early April of 2003, and that Schweickardt may be a victim of foul play.Schweickardt had been renting a room in her house to a male who she was trying to evict, a 44 year old W/M, named John Mellquist. Mellquist told deputies on April 28, 2003, that Schweikardt was out of the country. It was later learned that he had forged and cashed checks from her bank account, and used her vehicle after she had disappeared. Annelise was known to travel to Canada and Germany; however investigators have been unable to substantiate that Schweikardt ever left the country.
A search of the home revealed large areas of blood clean-up, and Schweickardt's purse and passport were still inside. They found more blood in a laundry room, and on a mop, which they believe was used to clean the kitchen of blood. Mellquist's fingerprints were found on the mop handle. They found blood and drag marks leading across the garage floor, which ended where a vehicle would likely have been parked.
Her vehicle was found in possession of her former tenant. He told deputies he was buying the 1987 Dodge Aries from Schweickardt when she left the country, but they weren't able to find her to confirm his story. Schweickardt's body has never been located despite a comprehensive search of the area near her home in 2003.
Mellquist was charged with Schweickardt's murder in 2013. Detectives have kept track of Mellquist over the years since Schweickardt's death, and located him living in a tent in a wooded area near Ortiz Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Warm Mineral Springs. Court records show Mellquist has been previously arrested in Sarasota County on charges of disorderly intoxication, battery, soliciting a prostitute and criminal damage.
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Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Det. Chris Hallisey
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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