Investigators found the body of a Florida woman missing since last month late Tuesday morning, as her on-again-off-again boyfriend appeared before a judge charged with her murder.
Kathleen Moore was last seen in the early morning hours of November 29 — not long before her boyfriend, Collin Knapp, was seen on surveillance video pulling up to a dumpster outside his workplace where investigator’s found Moore’s bank card, car keys, the sweatshirt she was last seen wearing, and bedding “with a significant amount of blood on it,” court documents say.
Knapp was arrested Monday night, as CrimeOnline previously reported, and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said that blood and other DNA evidence found on items in the dumpster matched Moore.
Early Tuesday, Nocco said Moore’s remains were found in a wooded area behind Knapp’s New Port Richey home, covered in brush in an area detectives had already searched just 50 yards from the house, according to WFLA.
“As detectives will tell you, even when you’re two feet away from her, it’s hard to see that her body was there,” he said.
The sheriff said Moore’s body was identified “based on tattoos” and urged Knapp to come clean about when and how Moore died.
“We have the evidence, we have Kathleen, if he wants to make a positive difference in somebody’s life — help the family out and answer the questions,” he said.
Knapp didn’t do that during his court appearance, where a judge ordered him held without bond, noting “new developments in that case.”
Court documents say that Knapp initially told investigators that he never left his home the night of Moore’s disappearance, then later said he’d gone to work to do an inventory. He also said that he’d stopped at a convenience store — with Moore in the car — for cigarettes, but police said surveillance video there wasn’t clear enough to confirm Moore’s presence.
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[Featured image: Kathleen Moore/Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]