Investigators Suspect Dwayne Lebarr Jr. Is At-Large in South Florida
By Cliff Dunn
NORTH BAY VILLAGE – Investigators are searching for an 18-year-old Miami-Dade County high school senior, accused of the strangling death of his 63-year-old lover. Police also believe that Dwayne Lebarr Jr.— charged with second degree murder and grand theft in the death of Craig Douglas Wolfe—tried to hide evidence by mailing it to himself.
Authorities say they intercepted a shipment sent by the teen to himself using the older man’s stolen credit card— which included the bloody clothes they claim he was wearing when he killed Wolfe. Investigators also belied that a laptop and digital camera they found were stolen by Lebarr from Wolfe.
According to records, Lebarr reported Wolfe’s death on June 15, claiming that he found the older man’s body in his North Bay Village apartment. The teen told police that he and Wolfe had met online sometime in May, and had been “engaged in a relationship with him.” Wolfe, 63, was a native of California, who lived most recently in Tampa before moving to North Bay Village, where he worked as a mortgage underwriter, and enjoyed the life aquatic, including fishing and boating.
Paramedics described Wolfe as having a large cut on his forehead, a ligature mark around his neck, and being covered with a sheet. Lebarr—who was in possession of the victim’s cell phone and car keys—was taken into custody, and agreed to speak to investigators without an attorney being present. After a polygraph test, in which he was informed that some deception had been noted, Lebarr invoked his right to legal counsel, and was allowed to leave.
After Wolfe’s death, Lebarr used the victim’s credit card to purchase electronics, clothing, food, and other items. Police tracked Lebarr’s movements to a UPS Store where he shipped himself a package containing the bloody clothes investigators believe he wore when he killed Wolfe.
Although the Miami Central High School senior claims that he had not seen Wolfe since the day before the murder, a neighbor’s surveillance camera shows Lebarr—clad in a burgundy shirt and white pants similar to those found in the UPS packages—arriving at and leaving the apartment the night before the victim’s body was discovered.
Lebarr was photographed in March by the Miami Herald at a rally for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen killed this year by a neighborhood crime watch captain. Investigators believe he is at-large in South Florida.