Officials said a missing Florida woman was discovered dead yesterday, one day after her boyfriend was charged with second-degree murder.
On Monday, Collin Knapp, 30, was arrested in connection to 34-Year-old Kathleen Moore’s disappearance.
According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Moore was found 50 yards away from Knapp’s home. Her tattoos are what helped authorities identify her.
“It was a very heavily-brushed area,” Nocco said. “She was actually covered … she was definitely covered on purpose to make sure nobody could come upon her.”
Nocco earlier stated that investigators believed Moore had died and had requested Knapp’s help in locating her remains.
Nocco said in a press conference Monday, “We wish that Collin would provide us information on where Kathleen is … As one of our detectives described, he was very cold, even when we were begging with him to tell us where her body is, he wouldn’t give us that information.”
According to the sheriff’s office, Moore had not been seen since late November. She was reported missing by family and friends after she didn’t show up for work and school.
Friends and family informed police that Moore is generally quite active on social media and communicates with them regularly.
According to Nocco, Knapp and Moore went out to drink with friends on Nov. 28 in Largo and Indian Rocks Beach and were seen arguing at some of the bars. They left together in Knapp’s car. Knapp was last seen buying cigarettes at a 7-Eleven at 12:30 a.m.
Nocco said the couple went to Knapp’s house in New Port Richey where they had another fight.
Moore allegedly left his home with her backpack, but Nocco claims there is no evidence she did.
Blood matching Moore’s was found on Knapp’s clothing after he had tossed them in a dumpster at the restaurant where he worked.
According to investigators, Knapp went to his job at Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse in Port Richey around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 to complete a meat inventory.
Nocco said, “We found out through the investigation that Collin had some garments of clothes that he had taken to work at Harolds Seltzer’s and put it in the dumpster there.”
Investigators looked through the contents of the dumpster at a county landfill and discovered blood-stained articles of Knapp’s clothing and were delivered to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
“Our hearts and prayers pour out to the family and friends of Kathleen Moore,” Nocco said. “I know you were all searching for a better resolution. Unfortunately, this is what we have.”