FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The son of a man who's body was found dismembered in a Cape Coral nature preserve is eligible for release from jail Friday, after spending two months there for fraud.
Thirty three-year-old Matthew Marshall was arrested for using his father, Rick Marshall's, credit card shortly after he mysteriously disappeared.
Rick's torso was later found in the woods near the condo where him and Matthew lived. His legs were found in a suit case a month later, in a Cape Coral canal.
Police have not named Matthew Marshall as a suspect, but skeptical neighbors still worry about his return to the neighborhood if he is released from jail. "It's unnerving because I have my children playing outside," said Jackie Robertson, one resident of the neighborhood. "And to hear that, that potential is literally right in the back yard, it makes you think twice about his safe the area is."
Matthew spent the last two months in the Lee County jail on a fraud charge for using his father's credit card at a bar, one day after Rick was reported missing. Witnesses in the neighborhood also said they saw Matthew soaked from head to toe the morning after his dad's disappearance, close to where his remains were found. "It's just shocking, scary, a lot of weird things happen around here," said another resident, Kristin Latu.
Matthew is not charged with the murder. However, Cape Coral Police asked for Matthew’s library records when he lived in Minnesota. Investigators think whoever killed Rick had extensive knowledge of how to dismember a body.
Jail staff told Fox 4 that a judge ordered that Matthew Marshall must wear a GPS device in order to bond out. He must pay for that device before he can leave.