STEVENSVILLE -- The man suspected of stabbing a Kent Island elementary school teacher to death this week remained missing yesterday after apparently jumping from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Police, who said the suspect abandoned his car on the west-bound span of the bridge, had not recovered a body as of last night. Earlier in the day, Department of Natural Resources patrol boats continued to search waters beneath the 4.3-mile-long bridge.
Investigators also are looking into the possibility that the suspect -- Jafar Komeylian, 50 -- could have faked a suicide.
Detectives interviewed a Salisbury State University student who identified Komeylian as the man she saw with one leg over the bridge railing as she drove across the bridge Wednesday afternoon.
"We have no one who actually saw him jump, but this witness confirms that he was on the bridge," said Queen Anne's County Sheriff Charles E. Crossley Jr. "We're hopeful that someone else might have seen something."
The slain woman, fifth-grade teacher Diane Marie Weaver, 45, was found in an upstairs office in Komeylian's home around 8 p.m. Wednesday
Police said Weaver had been stabbed at least 16 times and sustained numerous wounds to her hands and arms apparently trying to defend herself.
Weaver lived a few miles from Komeylian, an artist who runs a company that sells miniature lighthouses to retailers. A native of Iran, he has lived in the United States for 28 years.
Weaver had been Komeylian's business manager for about five years. Members of her family have said that the teacher at Bayside Elementary School on Kent Island had repeatedly tried to quit working for Komeylian, who recently persuaded her to continue on a part-time basis.
According to Crossley, Natural Resources police will make hourly patrols over the holiday weekend. "With water temperatures like they are, it might be two to three days before a body would surface," Crossley said.