The Manatee County Sheriffâ€™s Office says a woman has died after a domestic dispute occurred with her husband, who is now a suspect in her death.
Deputies say Pamela Doster and her husband Michael Doster were at Passage Key last weekend when Pamela witnessed Michael having a sexual encounter with another man, leading to the dispute.
According to the affidavit, Pamela attempted to get onto a jet ski but her husband reached around, grabbed her by the hair, and pulled her into the water. She returned to the jet ski, and he pulled her off the same way again. In all, Pamela told deputies this happened four times.
The final time Pamela was pulled off, she hit her head against the jet ski.
Pamela then returned to sand bar, and soon Michael could not find her. Later in the night, he called 9-1-1 and rescue crews found her completely nude except for her life jacket. Passage Key is off the northern tip of Anna Maria Island and a beach that nudists are known to frequent.
Officials say both Pamela and Michael were intoxicated.
The affidavit says she had a bruise to the life side of her head and a bruise on her left bicep.
Michael Doster was charged with domestic battery and later bonded out.
Pamela was taken to a hospital and officials say she died on Wednesday.
Her death is still being investigated and officials say her husband is a suspect.
"This takes our case to a different level. We need to know exactly what happened. We can say that Michael Doster is a suspect," says Sheriff office spokesperson Randy Warren.
News Channel 8 reached Doster by phone. He said he heard about his wifeâ€™s death but refused to comment further. His charges have not been upgraded at this time.
Deputies really want to talk to witnesses, especially the man Doster had relations with. Deputies say the man was on a boat.
Warren said it was a Bowrider boat with an outboard engine and we know that it had a broken steering cable. "We're trying to locate that person because he may be able to give us some good information as to exactly what occurred," he said.
Deputies say there were a lot of witnesses out there that day who may have seen what happened and they want to hear from them.
Detectives asking for those who witnessed the incident to provide any information they may have about the incident. Contact Detective John Kenney at (941) 747-3011 x 2216 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
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First published July 18 2014, 2:20 PM