The body of a Florida woman named Kathleen Moore was discovered Tuesday, just the day after her 30-year-old boyfriend was arrested and charged with second degree murder.
Collin Scott Knapp (seen in his mug shot above) was arrested by Pasco County authorities Monday after Kathleen went missing for more than a week, leading to a major search for missing people in the Gulf Coast area of Florida.
Kathleen was discovered around 11:30 a.m. local time Tuesday morning after police received a phone call from a concerned citizen. The 34-year-old’s cause and time of death are currently unknown, but Pasco County police were finally able to confirm her identity on Tuesday evening.
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The Pasco County Sheriff talks about Moore’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of her body Chris Nocco said in a press conference on Tuesday evening that she was discovered less than 100 meters northeast of Knapp’s house.
Visibly upset by the discovery, added Sheriff Nocco:
“Our hearts and prayers go to Kathleen Moore’s family and friends. I know you have all been looking for a better solution and we have all been, but unfortunately we have this. “
In addition to an alarming phone call from a local resident, police received a lead after they searched the contents of a dumpster behind the restaurant where Knapp worked (also pictured above). In this container, police officers found blood, later identified as Moore’s, on discarded clothing that had belonged to Knapp.
Horrifyingly, authorities said that only the sheer amount of blood that was found “allegedly suggests Moore may have died”. That was confirmed Tuesday when Moore’s body was discovered. Knapp had already been charged with second degree murder; he is held in the Pasco County Detention Center in Land O’Lakes, Florida.
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Knapp and Moore were spotted fighting with friends in nearby Pinellas County on the night of November 28, according to Nocco.
Knapp reportedly told investigators that hours later, after midnight on November 29, at his New Port Richey home, he and Moore had gotten into another argument when Moore allegedly left the house. Knapp claimed he went to the restaurant he was working at around 1:30 am to “complete a meat inventory order”. .
Heartbroken over the horrific ending to the story that had previously been a missing person case, Sheriff Nocco added:
“If there is one thing I can say to the family, it’s that Kathleen was absolutely loved by this community.”
Here’s more about Kathleen Moore’s death and Knapp’s arrest on charges WFLA message channel 8 (under):
We send our thoughts and prayers to Moore’s family, friends and loved ones at this terrible time.
REST IN PEACE
[Image via WFLA News Channel 8/YouTube/Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]