Body pulled from bay yet to be identified

Suspect in fatal stabbing thought to have jumped

September 04, 2000|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

The Queen Anne's County sheriff's office said yesterday it will take at least a week to positively identify a body pulled Saturday from the Chesapeake Bay and believed to be that of the man suspected of fatally stabbing a Kent Island elementary school teacher.

Sgt. Gary Hoffman said identification through fingerprints and dental records and results of an autopsy performed yesterday will probably take at least a week.

"In all fairness, there was not a positive identification," Hoffman said.

The sheriff's office has tentatively identified the body as that of Jafar Komeylian, 50, of Stevensville, who is suspected of fatally stabbing Diane Marie Weaver, 45, a fifth-grade teacher at Bayside Elementary on Kent Island, on Wednesday and leaping from the Bay Bridge a short time later.

The body was found Saturday morning by passengers on a sailboat.

A knife found in a pocket in the man's pants will be analyzed to determine if it was used in the killing, police said.

Police have been searching for Komeylian since Weaver's body was found Wednesday night in his home. She had been stabbed repeatedly.

Weaver worked for Komeylian for five years as manager and secretary for his business, USA Lighthouses, which sells miniature lighthouses. Weaver's mother, Martha Seppi of Bowie, said her daughter tried to quit the job because she wanted to dedicate her time to teaching. But Komeylian did not want her to leave, so Weaver agreed to work for him part time, she said.

Weaver lived on Kent Island with her husband, Dan, and three children, ages 10, 12 and 15.

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