FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lee County deputies have arrested Michael Stephen Spiegel, 70, on first-degree murder charges for the deaths of two people found Thursday on a boat docked at Salty Sam's Marina on San Carlos Island.
Spiegel also faces an arson charge. He was booked into the Lee County Jail Thursday night and is being held without bond.
Deputies have identified the victims as Harry Carlip, 70, of Fort Myers and Marilyn Spiegel, 69.
Carlip is a former owner of Runner's Gazette, a monthly newspaper for distance runners and other athletes. His ex-wife, Fredlyn S. "Freddi" Carlip confirmed his death Thursday afternoon.
"We're still trying to figure out what happened," she said.
Fredlyn Carlip said Harry Carlip had been scheduled to get remarried this weekend in the Fort Myers area and that her daughter had been headed there for the ceremony. "Now she's going there for another reason," she said.
Fredlyn Carlip did not recall the name of her former husband's fiancee. She added that their son, Michael Carlip, of Naples, Fla., had been talking to detectives about his father's death.
A 9-1-1 call was made at 8:22 a.m.Thursday by a resident of a nearby boat at Salty Sam's Marina after he said he heard shots, according to Carrie Grunewald, marketing director at the marina.
Lee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tiffany Wood confirmed that there were two dead bodies on a boat there and said a third person had been taken to an area hospital. Wood added that a small fire on the boat had been doused.
The U.S. Coast Guard was assisting the investigation.
Detectives were paying particular attention to a 39-foot boat called the Bella Mar registered in Naples. A check of boat registries showed Harry Carlip as the boat's owner.
Members of the sheriff's dive team arrived shortly before noon Thursday and were searching around the docks near the crime scene.
The marina complex also provides boat storage, docking, repairs, parts and a restaurant.
A customer at the marina parts department, Don Meister of LaBelle, Fla., said marina employees told him that the dead people were a woman and her boyfriend and that it was her ex-husband who shot and killed them.
"These people lived on the boat I understand," he said.
Wood said Thursday she could not confirm Meister's information.