LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies have released the arrest report for Dustin Jaye, the suspect accused of murdering Debra Striano on the night of July 24th.
When deputies arrived at Striano's home on Oakmont Ridge Circle in Fort Myers, they found her body in the master bedroom and determined the cause of death to be homicide, due to a "deep laceration to the throat."
According to the report, Striano's boyfriend left the residence and briefly went to the store. Upon his return around 10:30 p.m., he found Striano deceased and called 911.
Striano's dog was also in the home at the time of the homicide and suffered a large laceration to his chest, which was later treated by an emergency veterinarian.
Crime scene technicians discovered several items missing from the home. Blood was found on the drawers of the nightstand and the dresser. Blood was also found on the clothes inside of the drawers, indicating they had been searched during the homicide. A fanny pack with an estimated $1,000 in cash inside was stolen.
Witnesses provided information to LCSO that Dustin Jaye was aware of a large sum of money inside the victim's house and planned to commit a robbery.
The report states that on the night of the homicide, Jaye left his own residence wearing one outfit, went to the victim's residence with his uncle, Billy Ray Retherford, and returned home wearing different clothing. Witnesses said Jaye was dropped off at home that evening by Retherford.
The following day, Jaye was observed washing the sneakers and clothes that he had been wearing the night before. Witnesses were also allegedly asked to dispose of a white towel that appeared to have a knife with a broken blade inside. They reported that Jaye eventually disposed of these items himself.
Witnesses then say they smelled rubber burning in the garage and found Jaye with a pair of partially burnt sneakers. He later asked witnesses to lie to law enforcement about his whereabouts the previous evening. Jaye had also allegedly been speaking with Retherford about gold that had been taken from the homicide scene.
Crime scene technicians later found a white towel and a pair of burnt sneakers inside of an air condition vent in Jaye's home. The tread pattern of the sneakers was consistent with one of the two different bloody shoe prints discovered in the victim's house.
A search warrant was also obtained for Retherford's residence. Inside, technicians located a fanny pack with blood on it inside of a trash can. A checkbook with the victim's name and address were located inside of the fanny pack.
Additionally, bloody clothing were located in Retherford's home, including sneakers with prints that matched the second set from the crime scene.
Several women's rings were also located that were positively identified as belonging to Striano by her boyfriend.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Jaye was arrested and charged with felony murder, home invasion robbery and destroying evidence. He is being held on no bond for the felony murder charge, $30,000 on the home invasion robbery charge, and $15,000 for the tampering with evidence.
Billy Ray Retherford is still being sought. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.