Body of missing Florida woman found, boyfriend charged with second-degree murder

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A Florida woman missing for more than a week was found dead on Tuesday, a day after her boyfriend was charged with second-degree murder, officials said.

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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced that 30-year-old Colin Knapp was arrested Monday in connection with the disappearance of 34-year-old Kathleen Moore.

According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Noko, Moore was found about 50 yards from Knapp’s home after an extensive search on Tuesday. The authorities identified him through his tattoos.

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“It was an area with very heavy brush,” Nocco said. “She was actually covered up… She was covered, of course, on purpose to make sure no one could get on her.”

Nocco previously stated that investigators believed Moore was dead and were seeking Knapp’s assistance to find his body.

Pasco County, Fla., investigators are searching for Kathleen Moore after arresting her boyfriend in connection with his disappearance.Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
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“We want Colin to provide us with information about where Kathleen is… As one of our detectives described, she was very cold, even when we were begging her to tell us that her where the body is, so he won’t give us that information,” Noko said in a Press conference Monday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Moore had not been seen since early November 29. Family and friends informed the neighboring Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that he was missing after leaving work and school.

She told officials that she is usually very active on social media and communicates with friends and family.

Nocco said investigators were taken to Knapp after matching blood on Moore’s clothes was dumped in the dumpster at the restaurant where he worked.

Knapp and Moore went out for a drink with friends at Largo and Indian Rocks Beach on November 28, and were seen arguing at some bars, with Nocco saying he outlined a timeline of events. They moved into Knapp’s Cadillac together. At 12:30, Knapp was seen buying cigarettes at 7-Eleven.

Nocco said the couple went to Knapp’s residence in New Port Richie, a town northwest of Tampa, where they got into another argument.

Knapp claimed that Moore left his residence with his bag, but Nocco said there was no evidence that he left the house.

He told investigators that at around 1:30 on November 29, Knapp went to his job at Harold Seltzer’s steakhouse in Port Richie.

Police urged residents to be on the lookout for Collin Knapp’s black 2006 Cadillac CT6.Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

“We learned through investigation that Colin had some clothing items that he took to work at Harold’s Seltzer and dumped there in the dumpster,” Nocco said.

The dumpster was taken to a county landfill where investigators searched through the contents and found articles of Knapp’s clothing with blood stains.

Those clothes were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and blood stains were found to match Moore’s.

Knapp has a long criminal history — 10 previous felony and nine misdemeanor arrests since 2004, including aggravated assault and domestic violence, Nokko said. (Moore was not involved in that domestic affair.)

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kathleen Moore,” Nocco said. “I know you were all looking for a better solution. Unfortunately, that’s what we have.”

Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call 727-847-8102, Option 7.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse and needs help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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