Man connected to missing Iona woman arrested in Jacksonville

Published: February 22, 2022 2:48 PM EST
Updated: February 22, 2022 6:10 PM EST

A man who went missing on Friday, along with a woman and her car, was located Monday and was arrested around 1 a.m. Tuesday in Jacksonville.

James Lally, 51, faces a charge for failure of a defendant to appear in court, according to booking information. It also says he’s being held for Lee County.

It’s unknown whether the charge has anything to do with the disappearance of Suzanne LaPierre, 54, who is still considered missing.

On Friday, LaPierre was last seen at her home in the 12300 block of Apollo Drive in Iona. She and Lally were driving a red Chevrolet HHR.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating at a home in the 12300 block of Apollo Drive in Iona. This home is located within Century 21 Mobile Home Park.

Deputies have not said what they are investigating, but they placed crime scene tape around the driveway, and deputy vehicles were parked in front of the home. Crime scene tape was still surrounding the home on Tuesday.

WINK News has confirmed that Lally has a violent past. He pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2015 when deputies arrested him for punching his girlfriend at the time, and choking her until she passed out.

The sheriff’s office has not provided much information, and that has LaPierre’s friends and neighbors very afraid.

“We’re all in a state of disbelief and don’t know what, we can’t do anything. All we can do is wait for the news,” said Micki Lariner, who lives across the street from LaPierre. “Just waiting. Just waiting, trying to keep up spirits and mainly keep up spirits of everybody. It just impacted everybody.”

Anyone who has seen LaPierre is asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online or on the P3 Tips mobile app.