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By Julie Montanaro
March 27, 2014

Adam Frasch’s trial on child custody charges is slated to begin June 2, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Frasch, a Tallahassee doctor, who's wife was found dead in the couple's pool, will stay in jail until that date.

A judge denied his request for a bond in his child custody violation case after firearms were found at his Thomasville office.

He was first arrested last month and accused of violating a child custody court order.

His wife's body was discovered at the couple's home at the bottom of their pool.

Last week, sheriff's deputies ruled her death a murder, but haven't charged anyone yet.


A Tallahassee doctor, who's wife was found dead in the couple's pool, will stay in jail until his trial on another charge.

A judge denied Doctor Adam Frasch's request for a bond in his child custody violation case after firearms were found at his Thomasville office.

Frasch entered a Leon County courtroom Monday morning hoping to get out of jail.

He was first arrested last month and accused of violating a child custody court order.

His wife's body was discovered at the couple's home at the bottom of their pool.

Last week, sheriff's deputies ruled her death a murder, but haven't charged anyone yet.

Reporter: "Do you expect he's going to be charged with his wife's murder?"

Frasch Attorney John Leace: "I do not."

Reporter: "Who do you think did it then?"

Leace: "Talk to the police about that. I don't think anybody did it, I think it was an accident."

Reporter: "They found that she was murdered, you're not buying it then?"

Leace: "I haven't seen a report that says that."

Reporter: "Is he a suspect in his wife's murder?"

Prosecutor John Hutchins: "You'd have to talk to the sheriff's office about that. I'm not in a position where I can comment on that."

Of more immediate concern to Frasch was federal agents' discovery of three encased, but operable firearms in his Thomasville office.

The agents were there to investigate possible medicare fraud.

After Frasch's arrest in the child custody case, he was let out of jail on the condition he couldn't possess firearms.

His father Alvin testfied he turned over 35 plus firearms to police from Frasch's Tallahassee home, but didn't find any in his office.

But Frasch told agents he might have two firearms in his office.

They found three.

"Whether they're in a plexiglass box makes no difference," said Judge Dawn Caloca-Johnson. "A gun is a gun is a gun and can kill somebody," she said. "There's even bullets in the cases," the judge said.

For that reason, the judge denied bond for Frasch until his trial in the child custody case.

That trial date hasn't been set yet.

The prosecutor says it will likely be the end of May or early June.


By Andy Alcock
March 24, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Adam Frasch was initially arrested for child custody violations after his wife, Samira Frasch, was found dead in the family's swimming pool last month.

He was granted pre-trial release, but was rearrested last week after investigators say they found three guns inside his Thomasville doctor's office during a medicaid fraud probe.

A motion hearing is taking place today to determine if Frasch will be granted bond.

During the motion hearing, Alvin Frasch, Adam Frasch's father, testified he took 35-40 firearms from his son's Tallahassee home and turned them into police.

He says that he looked in Adam Frasch's Thomasville office as well, but didn't find any firearms.


By: Bailey Myers
March 18th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- New information has investigators calling the death of one local mother a homicide. We've been following the Samira Frasch investigation since she was found dead in her backyard pool almost a month ago.

The autopsy report for Samira Frasch has finally come back, and although they wont tell us what the cause of death was they are saying her death wasn't an accident.

"Based on our investigative findings and concert with the medical examiners office report we are telling you today--we are ruling Mrs. Frasch's death a homicide," explained Major Mike Wood from the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Samira Frasch was found dead in her backyard pool on February 21st. As the 911 phone caller explained, "It's a lady laying in her back yard in her pool... Somebody had to kill her."

For those who knew her the news was devastating. One of her friends, Bridget Williams told us, "We just want justice for her. We want to make sure they do a thorough investigation."

"A lot of resources are committed to this- and have been since day one. We are in hopes of determining in fact who is responsible for this," Maj. Wood said.

Investigators told us they have already interviewed over one hundred and thirty people in regards to this case. As Williams told us Samira was well liked; "If you meet her once you would never ever forget her. She had that type of charisma, style that she was just very happy bubbly always excited loved her kids to death."

Friends and family hold on to sweet memories of the woman they loved as investigators try to determine who killed Samira Frasch.

Major Wood told us, "What I can tell you is that the place we are at in our investigation is we have not ruled anybody out at this juncture."

As of right now no charges have been brought against anyone in connection to Samira Frash's death. Once again the Leon County Sheriff's Office explained today they will not be releasing the cause of death because that is now evidence being used in their investigation.



By: Bailey Myers
March 19, 2014, 5pm

Investigators are now saying the Tallahassee woman found dead in her pool was murdered.

Those are the latest details in the Samira Frasch investigation.

Just moments ago, the Major in charge of handling this investigation told us the autopsy results have led them to rule Samira Frasch's death a homicide.

Samira Frasch was found dead in her pool on February 21st.

Investigators have just informed us they believe she was killed and that she knew the person who killed her.

They also told us they have not ruled out any suspects at this time.

"What I'm saying to those people through the media is that we are continuing our investigation, and we have got a lot of resources committed to this and have since Day One. We're in hopes of determining who's responsible for this, but I wouldn't care to speculate or predict when and how that may occur, the arrest, if ever, is done," said Major Mike Wood, Leon County Sheriff's Office.

We were told the autopsy results will not be released because they are evidence in this case.

They couldn't comment on whether or not any charges will soon be brought against anyone.


By WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
March 19, 2014, 3:15pm

Tallahassee, Fla. -- WCTV has just learned that following an autopsy Samira Frasch's body, her death has been ruled a homicide.

The announcement was made this afternoon in a press conference, following the ruling from the Leon County Medical Examiner.

The Leon County Sheriff's Department says they have not ruled out anyone as a suspect, but don't believe any other person is at risk or in danger at this time.

Deputies say they have reason to believe she was familiar with the offender.

Deputies say they do not know when Ms. Frasch died, and they cannot comment on Mr. Frasch's status in this case.

Deputies encourage anyone with information to come forward.

WCTV has a reporter at the press conference, and will bring you much more on this story on WCTV Eyewitness News this evening.


Update by: Lanetra Bennett
March 17, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Court officials say a motion hearing as been set for Adam Frasch for Monday, March 24th.


By: Bailey Myers
March 13th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- Doctor Adam Frasch was arrested the first time for violating a custody agreement after his wife was found dead in their family pool. Now, he has been arrested for violating his initial bond term agreement and is being held without bond at the Leon County Jail.

Thursday four government agencies from the FBI to the US Department Of Health and Human Services Office piled into The South Georgia Family Foot Institute run by Doctor Adam Frasch.

"I can't really talk about the specifics of the investigation-- I can just tell you we did execute a federal search warrant based on allegation of medicare fraud," Kelly McCoy, assistant lead investigator from the H.H.S. Of Inspector Generals Office.

While they were retrieving all of their evidence for this investigation, they stumbled upon something unexpected. As McCoy explained, "We did come upon and seize three fire arms at which time we did contact the Thomas County Sheriff's Office and they picked up the weapons."

Authorities Arrested Frasch Thursday afternoon for violating a previous bond agreement which prohibited him from possessing any fire arms. That initial arrest was for violating the custody agreement over his children after his wife was found dead in the families pool. Now he faces two investigations-- one regarding the custody violation and another looking at his practice and the possibility of medicare fraud.

"We are going to finish up here, finish up seizing the evidence that we might find and we are going to take that back and do some analysis of what we have. We will present this evidence to the United States Attorney Office," McCoy told us.

Following the discovery of the weapons police took Frash into custody holding him without bond at the Leon County Jail. We have been told the Leon County Sheriff's Office is waiting for the autopsy results for Samira Frasch.



Updated By: Julie Montanaro
March 13, 2014, 4:30pm

Dr. Adam Frasch has just been arrested after federal agents found guns in his Thomasville doctor's office.

A judge revoked his bond today, and Frasch has just been arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

According to an LCSO spokesman, agents with the Department of Health and Human Services served a search warrant at Frasch's office
as part of an investigation into allegations of Medicare fraud. LCSO says those agents found three firearms in his office.

Frasch was arrested last month on interfering with child custody charges and released on bond with specific instructions from the judge not to possess any firearms while awaiting trial.

Today a judge revoked Frasch's bond and issued a warrant for his arrest. LCSO says he was arrested at Sam's Club and taken to the Leon County Jail.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the death of Frasch's wife. She was found dead in the family pool the same day Frasch was arrested. He has not been charged in her death .


Updated By: Gina Pitisci
February 27, 2014, 10:50pm

A Thomasville Doctor whose wife was found dead in the family pool was released from the Leon County Jail tonight at 10:30pm wearing a GPS monitoring device.

Adam Frasch can return to work but was ordered to stay away from his children.

Frasch faced a Judge via video link from the jail this morning.

He was released without having to post a bond.

Attorneys on both sides say that is standard for child custody charges like this.

Adam's wife, 38-year-old Samira Frasch, was found dead in the pool on Saturday.

Adam has not been charged in connection with her death.

Deputies are still awaiting results of her autopsy.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 27, 2014

Adam Frasch appeared before a judge in a blue jumpsuit via video link from the jail. He's accused of taking his children to Panama City despite a court order against it in a contentious divorce.

Frasch's attorney did all the talking except for one question.

"Am I going to be able to take care of the affairs of my wife? My late wife?" Frasch asked.

Linda Walker was at the hearing. She has watched the Frasch's children, traveled with them and helped to plan elaborate parties for them. She still can't believe their mother Samirah Frasch was found dead at the bottom of the family pool. And she doesn't believe Adam Frasch is capable of something like that.

"I've never seen him raise his voice at her. I've never seen him hit her or anything and they both love their children," Walker said outside the courtroom.

"How important is it to you that they find out what her cause of death was and what happened to her?"

"Very important because than everybody will know... and hopefully it will clear his name," Walker said.

"Do you think she was murdered?" another reporter asked.

"I have no idea. I have no idea because anything can happen, you know. When you're not around people all the time, you really just don't know," Walker said.

The judge allowed Frasch to return to his medical practice in Thomasville and visit his home in Panama City, but the doctor is required to wear a GPS monitor, turn in his passport and steer clear of guns.

Standard fare, attorneys on both sides say, for child custody charges.

"They're fair because they're the standard procedure we would expect from anyone in a similar situation," Frasch's attorney John Leace said. He's not a flight risk, Leace said, and he's got a medical practice to run.

"He was going to get out one way or another. It was just a question of setting up some conditions that ensure protection of the children and sanctity of the criminal case," prosecutor Jack Campbell said.

Frasch will not be allowed to have any contact with his two girls - two year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah.

Deputies meanwhile continue to investigate their mother's death and await autopsy results that might explain how the Madagascar native and former French model wound up dead.

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any new information about its investigation today and has no timeline for completing it.

The children will be placed with Dr. Frasch's brother temporarily. He lives out of state.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 27, 2014

Adam Frasch will be released from jail without posting any bond.

Attorneys announced in court they had agreed to pre-trial release and a long list of conditions including that Dr. Frasch must wear a GPS monitor and must surrender his passport.

The judge will allow Frasch to travel to his podiatrist practice in Thomasville and to his home in Panama City, but otherwise must stay in the area.

The judge ordered him to have no contact with his children, two year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah. They will be placed with Frasch's father temporarily and then with his brother out of state.

The judge ordered Frasch to have no contact with his wife's divorce attorney, Buddy Whitlock, or his ex-wife's attorney Scott Snavely.
He also forbade him from having any guns.

When asked if he had any questions, Frasch asked "Am I going to be able to take care of the affairs of my wife? My late wife?" The judge said yes.

Afterward both the prosecutor and Frasch's attorney say the doctor was released just as anyone else who was facing charges of interfering with child custody would be.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 27, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Adam Frasch will be released on the Supervised Pretrial Release program, and must wear a GPS monitor.

Frasch can travel to Thomasville and Panama City but cannot travel beyond that and must surrender his passport.

Frasch is not allowed to have contact with his two children.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 26, 2014

The Leon County Sheriff's Office released a recording of a 911 call made by the man who discovered the body of Samira Frasch at the bottom of her backyard pool.

He told the dispatcher he had talked to Samira Frasch the night before and found her when he came to do some work at her Golden Eagle home.

Here are some excerpts from the call:

"9-1-1, what's the address of the emergency?"

"Ma'am, can I get an officer out here at Golden Eagle at 8374 Inverness Drive? There's a lady laying in the pool, in her backyard in her pool... She dead."

**

"I'm sitting here looking at her, she's in the bottom of the pool."

"Is she still in the water?"

"She's still in the water"

"Do you know how old she is?"

"Uh..no ma'am... Well I think she about 30-something"

"Okay - Is she awake?"

"No ma'am...She-she dead."

**

"You said she's completely gone?"

"Yeah - she dead, she dead. She drowned. Somebody - somebody had to kill her."

"Alright well we've got somebody en route...I just need you to stay right there..."

**
The 911 operator asked the man if he could get into the pool and pull her out. He said he didn't want to touch her before officers got there.



UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 24, 2014

Adam Frasch has returned to Tallahassee to face charges.

He contends his wife was alive and well when he left home with their daughters Saturday morning.

Thomasville podiatrist Adam Frasch stepped out of a transport van wearing jeans and handcuffs.

He was brought back to Tallahassee Wednesday afternoon, five days after his wife - Samira Frasch - was found dead in the couple's pool and he was arrested in Panama City for taking the couple's children despite a court order.

We were the first to talk to his attorney.

"Dr Frasch is a little bit of an emotional wreck. He's grieving for his wife. He's worried about his children. He's worried about his patients. His life's been essentially turned upside down," attorney John Lease said.

"Does he unequivocally deny killing his wife?"

"He does," Lease said.

Samira Frasch was found dead at her home on Inverness Drive in Golden Eagle Saturday by a man who had come to do some work at her home.

Adam Frasch's attorney admits the couple had a tumultous relationship - but says the two were trying to reconcile - and had agreed Adam would take the children to the beach that day.

"Adam took the kids out to their beach property for the day, with the intention of rendez-vous'ing later," Leace said.

"So when he left that house, she was alive and well?"

"Yes."

Leace says Adam Frasch was loading the children - two year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah - into his car outside his Panama City Beach home when he was arrested.

"He did not realize there was an Amber Alert out at the time. He had been notified by a friend that something ahd happened to Samira and he was in the process of packing up the children to return to Tallahassee to find out what had happened to his wife," Leace said.

Adam Frasch is facing charges of interfering with child custody.

Frasch has not been charged in his wife's death.

"It seems that every time there's a person who dies in a household accident , a drowning, someone falling down steps, there's always suspicion thrown on the spouse," Leace said, "and that's understandable. From an investigative standpoint that needs to be looked at, but at the same time, accidents do happen and I think ultimately thats what's going to be shown in this case, nothing more than a tragic accident."

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is still awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Frasch is likely to make his first appearance before a judge in the morning. His attorney contends he's entitled to bond.

The children remain with a caretaker and it's not clear if or how that would change if he's released.



February 26, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

Dr. Adam Frasch is now being booked into the Leon County Jail.

He was transported from Panama City along with a van full of other inmates at about 2:30.

Frasch will likely make his first appearance before a judge in the morning to face charges of interference with child custody.


February 26, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

An attorney representing Thomasville podiatrist Adam Frasch calls the death of his wife 'a tragic accident.' John Leace, who met with Frasch at the Bay County Jail Tuesday afternoon, says Frasch categorically denies killing his wife. He says he had arranged with Samira to take the girls to the beach that Saturday morning, and when he left the couple's Golden Eagle home, Samira was alive and well.

Leace contends Frasch got a call from a friend telling him about his wife's death and that he was packing the girls in the car to return to Tallahassee when he was arrested outside his Panama City Beach home.

Leace says when Frasch returns to Tallahassee, he is entitled to a bond. He has no word yet on when that will be.


February 25, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

What happened to a model and mother from Madagascar?

An autopsy may hold the key.

Deputies are still waiting for the medical examiner's report and for prominent doctor Adam Frasch to be brought back to Tallahassee to face charges.

Deputies are trying to piece together what happened at the Frasch's home in the hours before Samira Frasch was found dead in her backyard pool and in the hours before her husband Adam Frasch was arrested in Panama City for taking the children despite a court order.

"At this point can you say whether you're going to charge him with murder?"

"Oh absolutely not," MAJ Mike Wood said, "I haven't even determined if this is a murder."

Court documents paint a violent picture of what went on inside this home in the months leading up to Samira Frasch's death.

A fight in August led to her arrest for battery. The charges were later dropped.

Adam Frasch got a domestic violence injunction against her, writing she had rammed his car, smashed a vase over his head and threatened to kill him in his sleep.

She filed for divorce two weeks later, citing an incident in which he slammed her against a wall, threw her on the floor and squeezed her until she blacked out.

Her lawyer contends Adam Frasch orchestrated the domestic violence claims against her to try to gain custody of the children.

"She referred to them as her babies - she didn't want them to be with him. She was afraid for them, being with him," Buddy Whitlock said.

In September, a judge gave Samira Frasch sole custody of the children.

Judge Barbara Hobbs wrote, "The court is very concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of the minor children."

Those children 2 year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah now have one parent dead and the other behind bars.

We want to stress that at this point Dr. Frasch is facing charges for interference with child custody. He's expected to be transferred from the Bay County Jail to the Leon County Jail this week.

"He'll be returned to Leon County and he'll make first appearance here in Leon County when he comes back," Major Mike Wood said, "and in all likelihood he will have a bond for that. It's a bondable offense."


UPDATED
February 25, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

A spokeswoman with the Department of Children and Families says two year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah are safe but are no longer in DCF custody.

DCF Spokeswoman Damonica Rivas says due to confidentiality rules she could not specify who is now caring for the children.

LCSO confirms the girls and their father, Dr. Adam Frasch, were found at a home he owns in Panama City.


UPDATED
February 24, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

A podiatrist accused of abducting his own children could soon return to face charges.

The children's mother was found dead in the backyard pool. It is not clear yet whether the doctor will face any charges in her death.

This is the pool where 38 year old Samira Frasch was found dead Saturday.

Her two children - 2 year old Hyrah and 10 month old Skynnah - are in protective custody and her husband podiatrist Adam Frasch was arrested for taking them despite a court order giving her custody.

"It appears that he's in a lot of trouble. She's gone, so, I don't know what kind of family they have, so I'd be worried about the kids more than anything," neighbor Pete Derham said.

Neighbors describe extravagant parties at the Golden Eagle home and a driveway often filled with Maseratis and Ferreris.

The web provides a peek into the model's lavish lifestyle and a child billed as "the most photogenic baby in the world " had her own Facebook following.

Beneath the glitz, divorce filings suggest, was a rocky marriage - a confrontation in August that led to her arrest (the charges were later dropped), a request by him for a domestic violence injunction, and then her decision to file for divorce in September.

Samira's attorney Buddy Whitlock was surprised by her death but not shocked.

"I wasn't completely shocked because I've considered that Mr. Frasch was a dangerous person and as a matter of fact, I felt so strongly that I started carrying a gun in my car," Whitlock said.

Right now, Adam Frasch is facing charges for interfering in child custody. He has not been charged in Samira Frasch's death.

"We're awaiting information from the medical examiner's office as we speak so I can't tell you exactly what the cause of death was or if it was homicidal at this juncture," LCSO Major Mike Wood said. "There are some suspicious circumstances."

"You just don't know what happened between them. They could have had an argument. You just don't know, just don't know what happened," neighbor Peggy Derham said, "I just think about those poor children. Two years and ten months old. They don't have any parents now."

We'll let you know when autopsy results are released.

Adam Frasche will likely be brought back to Tallahassee later this week to face those interference with child custody charges.



UPDATED
February 24, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Samira Frasch's attorney says he considered Adam Frasch a "dangerous person" who was "capable of anything."

Buddy Whitlock says for the first time in more than 40 years as a family law attorney, he started carrying a gun because of Adam Frasch.

Whitlock says Frasch was supposed to be paying $3500 dollars a month in hold support and alimony. Whitlock says he had to go to court to get Frasch to pay.

Whitlock says he last saw Samira Frasch and her two daughters in his office on February 10th to prepare for a court hearing that was later cancelled.

"She was a good mother," he said. "I was surprised" by what happened, he said but "not shocked."

Adam Frasch is in jail in Panama City charged with interfering with child custody. He has not been charged in Samira Frasch's death.

A DCF spokesperson says the Frasch's two girls are no longer in DCF custody, but could not comment on who is now caring for them.


By: Bailey Myers
February 22nd, 2014

Tallahassee Fla. -- A local model is found dead in her pool, and her children, thought to be missing, are found and now her husband is behind bars. Today we learned 38 year old Samira Frasch was found dead at her Tallahassee home. Shortly after she was found, amber alerts went out for both of her daughters. Now investigators are trying to figure out what happened to the mother of two.

Neighbors tell us this happy couple portrayed on the little girls website (hyrah.com) was not a true depiction of the families dynamic. They told us the couple was going through a bitter divorce. Court documents show back in August of 2013 Adam Frasch filed a domestic violence injunction on his wife Samira. A little more than two weeks later Samira filed for divorce.

Saturday, neighbors told us the pool boys arrived to do their regular cleaning when they found Samira dead inside the pool.

A couple of teens who live near by told us they, "drove by the house and we just saw the whole Sheriff's Office and the caution tape and everything. We just wondered what was going on."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement placed missing child alerts for ten month old Skynaah, and her two year old sister Hyrah Frasch after law enforcement officials weren't able to locate them. However, late on Saturday afternoon their father, 46 year old Adam Frasch, was found in Panama City with his daughters. He was charged with 2 counts of Interference with Child Custody.

With one parent dead and the other in the Bay County Jail, the Department of Children and Families is working to find placement for their two girls. Leon County Sheriff's Office Officials tell us detectives are now trying to figure out what exactly happened to Samira Frasch.

Neighbors tell us they believe they saw Adam leaving the home hours before Samira was found dead. Adam has not been charged in the death of his wife.

LCSO says an autopsy was completed today, but investigators are waiting for the cause of death before they release that information. We will bring you more details as they become available to us.



LCSO Press Release
2-23-14

At approximately 11:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a death investigation at 8374 Inverness Drive.

When deputies arrived they discovered 38 year old Samira Frasch deceased in the home’s pool. Detectives were unable to locate Frasch’s two small children; therefore, a Missing Children’s alert was issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The children were located with 46 year old Adam Frasch in Bay County, Florida yesterday afternoon. The Missing Children’s Alert was cancelled. Adam Frasch was taken into custody on 2 counts of Interference with Child Custody and taken to the Bay County Jail. The Department of Children and Families is coordinating the placement of the children.

An autopsy was performed today however; detectives are awaiting the determination of the cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s office.

This investigation is continuing and additional information will be released when available.


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