Marc W. Pinder’s roommate, Wayne B. Hibbs, at a sex offender motel near Daytona Beach, is missing. Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Hibbs is a person of interest in Pinder’s death.


The roommate of a homicide victim slain in his room at a motel housing sex offenders was arrested Wednesday on a parole violation.


Wayne B. Hibbs III, 52, cut off his ankle monitor after he was interviewed by detectives, said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood on Wednesday. Hibbs was listed as absconded on the state’s sex offender website


Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said on Wednesday morning that Hibbs is a person of interest in the death of his roommate, Marc W. Pinder, 69.


There was also a warrant for Hibb’s arrest for violation of probation, which includes cutting his ankle monitor off, Chitwood said.


"It’s interesting that he disappeared, cut off his ankle monitor and disappeared shortly after being questioned by detectives," Chitwood said.


Pinder’s body was found about 11:40 a.m. Friday when probation and parole officers went to check on him at what was formerly known as the Bird’s Nest Motel at at 3753 W. International Speedway Blvd. west of Daytona Beach, according to a charging affidavit.


Pinder’s car was missing when Pinder was found. The car was located the same day at Richard’s Towing in DeLand which is where Hibbs worked. Detectives interviewed Hibbs who said Pinder had given him permission to use the car. But Hibbs was not allowed to drive a vehicle as part of his probation.


Hibbs’s ankle monitor was found in a trash can at the Wawa at 120 S. Ridgewood Ave., in Daytona Beach, Chitwood said. That’s where he vanished from before he was jailed again.


Hibbs pleaded no contest in 2002 in Volusia County to lewd lascivious exhibition with a victim under 16 by an offender 18 or over and lewd and lascivious conduct. Hibbs was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years probation.


Hibbs showed his genitals to two young girls and had them touch them, according to a charging affidavit by South Daytona Police. Hibbs also performed oral sex on the girls and also had them perform oral sex on him, the affidavit said.


Hibbs was released from prison in September 2010 but violated his probation and was sent back to prison on Nov. 29, 2011, according to Department of Corrections website. The violations were for staying out past his curfew of 10 p.m., drinking alcohol and disobeying his probation officer, according to court records.


Hibbs was released on Aug. 27, according to the Department of Corrections.


Pinder was released from prison on Oct. 9.


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Pinder’s death was discovered on Friday when no one answered the door to Room No. 2 at the motel. Probation officers called Julie Martin of New Smyrna Beach, who owns the motel, according to the charging affidavit. Martin called someone whose identity is redacted in the report and that person opened the door and they found Pinder, the report states.


According to the redacted 9-1-1 call, it was the motel’s manager who opened the door.


Other portions of the report as well as parts of the 9-1-1 call are redacted.


The probation officer who called 9-1-1 said Pinder’s car was missing.


Pinder was convicted in Orange County in 2012 of five charges: lewd, lascivious battery, sex with victim 12 to 15 years of age; procuring a person under 18 years of age for prostitution; soliciting or attempting to solicit a child for sex/lewdness; traveling to meet a minor to commit unlawful sexual offense; and lewd, lascivious battery with a victim 12 to 15 years of age, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender website.


Pinder was sentenced Feb. 1, 2012, in Orange County to 10 years in prison on a traveling charge and five years each on two other charges involving sex with a minor, according to the Department of Correction’s website. He was also sentenced to two years on a charge of living off earnings of prostitution.


Pinder was living in Orlando when he was arrested on April 13, 2011, after he said he was having sex with a 15-year-old girl, according to a charging affidavit. Pinder made the statement to an undercover officer during an internet sting, the affidavit said.


Pinder’s statement led investigators to a runaway girl who told them Pinder would have sex with her and would also watch as other men had sex with her, the affidavit said. The girl said Pinder would give her drugs and sometimes give her some of the money the men paid him after having sex with her, the affidavit said.


After his release from prison, Pinder wound up at the nondescript motel, formerly known as the Bird’s Nest. It houses sex offenders and sex predators and is located off International Speedway Boulevard and General Custer Avenue.


Including Pinder, there are 16 sexual predators and 16 sexual offenders registered at the motel’s address, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender website.


The motel is owned by Speedway Motel LLC, which according to corporate records is managed by Julie Martin, who is also listed as the registered agent.


A Brian and Julie Martin own a similar motel housing 18 sex offenders and predators at 1108 W. Canal St. in New Smyrna Beach.


Julie Martin could not be reached for comment.


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