Updated:DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —
A woman's body was found in a Daytona Beach home Thursday evening and police are searching for the man they believe killed her, police said.
According to police, neighbors said they smelled a faint odor coming from the home of Ann Marie Antonaccio, but it was only after they had not seen her for nearly a week that they knew something wasn't right.
Investigators said officers were doing a well-being check at the home on Vermont Avenue near State Road A1A when they discovered
Antonaccio . Police said the 55-year-old woman was in a bed with her throat cut. She was covered by a sheet.
"What was done to this woman was absolutely brutal and despicable and a cowardly act," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said.
Police said they are searching for the woman's boyfriend, 56-year old Thomas Tomkiewicz.
Late Friday a judge issued a warrant for Tomkiewicz's arrest on charges of first-degree murder and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Police said neighbors became concerned and called 911 when they had not seen Antonaccio for several days and they saw Tomkiewicz, who they only know as Tom, driving her car. They said she would never let him drive it.
Police said they believe Tomkiewicz might be heading to Key West where they believe he has a boat.
One neighbor told Channel 9's Blaine Tolison that she wasn't very fond of Tomkiewicz.
"If you were doing something, he knew how to do it better. He treated her with disrespect," said neighbor Barbara Messer.
According to police, it appeared that Tomkiewicz took valuables and tried to take anything that would identify him. Police said they found a letter with his name and with that were able to get a photo of Tomkiewicz which has been distributed to law enforcement agencies around the state.
Police are looking for Tomkiewicz's car, a white, 1999 Toyota Camry with Florida license plate number J74 OHM.