Family Arrested in Connection with Florida Man’s 2021 Homicide

Suwannee, FL – In a startling development, a woman and her two adult sons have been apprehended on charges related to the tampering of evidence in the homicide of a Florida man, who was found deceased two years ago. David Rainey, 52, was discovered lifeless in a canal on July 25, 2021, in Suwannee.

The deceased, a respected professional welder with over two decades of marriage, had reportedly vanished following an altercation with his wife, Cindy Rainey. His disappearance was marked by the absence of his personal belongings including glasses, wallet, and cell phone. Following an extensive search operation, his body was recovered, bearing multiple stab wounds. The Dixie County Sheriff’s Office has since confirmed the arrests of his wife and their two sons, Bailey and Jack Rainey, with the investigation ongoing and further charges potentially pending.

Deputies in Flagler County detained Cindy and Bailey Rainey, while Jack Rainey was taken into custody in Orlando. The collaborative efforts of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office were pivotal in these arrests, as acknowledged by Dixie County Sheriff Darby Butler in a recent press release.

David Rainey, originally from Redlands, California, was not only known for his career expertise but also for his active lifestyle. He and Cindy, together for 21 years and residing in Palm Coast on Florida’s Atlantic coast, often embarked on family trips across the United States and beyond. An obituary tribute highlighted his natural athleticism and dedication to his craft, qualities admired by colleagues and inherited by his sons, who both pursued baseball from early childhood through high school.

As the community reels from this tragedy, details surrounding the motive and the exact circumstances of David Rainey’s untimely death remain under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has not yet disclosed specifics regarding the involvement of the accused family members or additional suspects.