Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Davenport, FL: Boyfriend Accused of Woman's Killing

DAVENPORT | A 32-year-old man is accused of killing his girlfriend in their Davenport mobile home and leaving her body in a packing-tape sealed bedroom for about a week.

Donald Failey Jr. was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. today, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was found sleeping in his girlfriend's car in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Clewiston.

The body of his girlfriend, Tara Romonoski, 27, was found by deputies at their home at 235 Jeremy Drive in the Emerald Lakes Mobile Home Park about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

She was covered in a blanket and had been tied up with duct tape and electrical cords. The bedroom door and window had been taped shut.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference this afternoon that Failey admitted to strangling her but refused to say why.

“He said he had a reason, but that he would take that to the grave with him,” Judd said.

Her body had been in the mobile home since March 22, when her sister, Tammy Romonoski of New Hampshire, had last heard from her, Judd said. Her sister called deputies concerned about Tara Romonoski's well being, which prompted the visit to Jeremy Drive by deputies Tuesday.

Judd said Failey made a “covert” confession on his Facebook page Monday when he wrote “I am a piece of garbage I am a punk I hit defensless [sic] woman but won't confront a man. I am an addict and loser.”

“Quite frankly, we agree,” Judd said. “What he failed to state was that he's a cold-blooded, ruthless murderer.”

[ Matthew Pleasant can be reached at or 863-802-7590. ]

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