In a shocking twist to a family tragedy, two brothers and their mother were apprehended last week for their alleged involvement in the 2021 murder of David Rainey, the family patriarch. Rainey’s submerged body was discovered in a canal in Suwannee, Florida, during a family vacation, according to the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
Cindy Rainey, the deceased’s wife, initially reported her husband missing on July 25, 2021, after he purportedly left their rental home following an argument, without his personal effects. A subsequent search led to the grim finding of Rainey’s body, which bore multiple stab wounds, in the canal behind the rental property the very day he was reported missing.
Despite the immediate classification of the case as a homicide, it went unsolved without any arrests for over a year. The recent arrests include Cindy Rainey and her sons, Bailey and Jack Rainey, each charged with evidence tampering. The trio were apprehended separately in Bunnell and Orlando and are currently detained without bond.
Authorities have yet to specify if any among the three are directly accused of Rainey’s stabbing death.
Following the murder, a GoFundMe page was set up in lieu of flowers to support the futures of the Rainey sons, garnering $475 in donations. David Rainey, whose obituary cites an “unexpected” passing, was remembered for his career as a welder and mechanic that led him to work across the United States and internationally. The family, along with a friend, were on holiday in Suwannee when the incident occurred.