Patricia Danna-Harrison death update: Detectives trying to connect dead man to mother's murder

Sebastian police doing forensic work this week

SEBASTIAN, Fla. - The search for answers in the murder of Patricia Harrison of Sebastian, whose body washed ashore over the weekend in Jupiter, has stretched to Martin County.

Sebastian police said Monday that they sent some officers to Stuart where Alfred Geary worked as a self-employed boat detailer.  They say Geary is their main and only suspect right now in the disappearance and murder of his mother.

But the task is tougher for police to connect the dots as Geary killed himself a week ago Sunday, six days before his mother's body washed ashore.

Sebastian's first homicide case since 2009 is Detective Todd Finnegan's focus right now.  But on Monday, there were no breakthroughs to report.

"Nothing significant as of right now," said the detective.

Patricia Harrison went to Captain Butcher's restaurant with a friend for a holiday party December 19th.  Police said she dropped off her friend and went home.  Her son Alfred Geary reported her missing two days later despite her car still parked in the garage.

Harrison's body washed ashore this past Saturday some 70 miles south, wrapped in boat tarp and tied down with some small anchors.

While Geary remains the prime suspect, there was no prior record of police calls to Harrison's home where Geary lived and cared for her.

"There was an ambulance assist call where Patricia had fallen and hit her head," said Detective Finnegan.

Police say Geary failed a lie detector test.  Still they need to conclusively connect him to the murder.

"We will be following up on forensic examinations of the vehicle and two canoes taken from Patricia's residence," said Detective Finnegan.

The boat tarp Harrison's body was found in was still drying out Monday so detectives can get a better look at it soon for more clues.  It could be another week or two before the forensic work is complete.

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