The body of a Black woman from Florida who had been missing since November 28 has been discovered. One day after detaining the man they believe is responsible for her death, police discovered her remains in the New Port Richey woods on Dec. 7.
Following the discovery of tattoos on Kathleen Moore’s body, detectives working on the case were able to corroborate that the Jane Doe was Kathleen Moore. Before informing the media, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told the deceased’s family and friends that her body had been recovered.
Someone walking near Carmel Avenue on Tuesday morning about 11:30 a.m. discovered her buried in the “thick bush,” according to authorities.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference that he didn’t have any information on how or when Moore died, but that his agency is still looking into it.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathleen Moore’s family and friends,” Nocco said. “I know you were all hoping for a better outcome, and we were too, but this is the best we could do.”
“If there’s one thing I can tell the family,” Nocco added, “it’s that Kathleen was absolutely loved by this town.”
Colin Knapp, her previous boyfriend, was identified as a main suspect in her murder during the investigation. On Monday, December 6, he was apprehended.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the 30-year-old suspect and Moore were last seen arguing in a pub on Nov. 28 in Largo and Indian Rocks while out with friends.
Knapp, who is accused with second-degree murder, stated that the two had another altercation at his residence at midnight. He revealed that after the fight, she fled his house. Knapp informed officials that he left his house at 1:30 a.m. to work at the restaurant where he was employed.
Knapp is being held in the Pasco County Detention Center and has a lawyer.
The detectives were unable to find any proof that supports Knapp’s assertion that Moore ever left his home, but they were able to find incriminating evidence at his workplace that pointed to Knapp as her murderer.
The sheriff’s office utilized canine units, a drone team, and “20 to 30” investigators to search for her before her corpse was discovered 50 yards from her boyfriend’s house, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Rosa.
According to the criminal complaint, investigators examined Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse, where Knapp works, for anything related to Moore’s disappearance, including searching a dumpster.
At the restaurant, authorities discovered black trash bags containing various bedding (a mattress cover, a sheet, and a comforter) smeared with a substantial amount of blood. The bags also contained pillows that matched those photographed by the authorities at Knapp’s home, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The black garbage bags, which were distinct from the clear recyclable bags normally used at the restaurant, contained items that the investigators suspect belonged to Moore.
Some of the bags contained a pair of car keys, a debit card, and a Rugrats sweatshirt that Moore wore in a recent Snapchat. A pair of bloodied gray cargo pants, brown work boots, and a gray shirt were also discovered. The blood on the sheets and garments was recognized as belonging to the deceased woman by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement test.
“I pray to God that we can bring her back.” She’s now in the presence of God. Sheriff Chris Nocco comforted her by saying, “She’s with the angels.” “And right now, we’re praying for her and her family because they’re going through so lot.” But with that, we will bring her justice, as well as the justice of her family.”