Fort Myers, FL – Man Arrested for Killing Wife in the Late 1970s

February 28, 2019

Fort Myers, FL (February 28, 2019) – Police made an arrest in a 40-year-old cold case murder. The investigation led them to 78-year-old John Bayerl.

In May of 1979, it was alleged that Bayerl’s wife, Dona Mae Bayerl, went missing when she was 38-years-old. Bayerl spoke with investigators when disappeared and told them that she went missing after she stormed out of their home in the midst of an argument, never to return.

By 1989, police say that Dona was legally declared dead and, sometime in that time period, John was granted a divorce. It was reported that John was violent and had abusive tendencies toward his partners before Dona.

Now, John is facing murder charges for the death of his missing wife.

Fort Myers Murder Laws

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