Florida police found the body of missing Kathleen Moore in a wooded area of Pasco County. Officers believe that Moore’s boyfriend, Colin Knapp, is responsible for her murder. Knapp was arrested earlier in the week and according to reports he hasn’t said anything.
The woman’s body was found near Colin Knapp’s home on Carmel Avenue in New Port Richey, Fla. She was positively identified as Kathleen Moore on Tuesday, just one day after Knapp was arrested. Colin Knapp has been charged with second-degree homicide.
According to reports, the remains were covered with a thick bush and not visible from a few feet away. The area was previously searched by investigators, and some believe that the suspect brought the body there after the police had already looked through the area.
“She was definitely covered on purpose to make sure nobody would come upon her,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said. “Even as detectives will tell you, even when you’re two feet away from her, it’s hard to see that her body was there.”
A cause of death has not been determined for the 34-year-old Florida woman, but officers believe that the body was preserved in some way before being brought to the wooden area. Billy Lane, a private investigator on the case, spoke about his ideas regarding the body’s state and location.
He said, “In my honest opinion, I believe he put the body there after they [investigators] searched [the area]. I think he took the body after they left, thinking ‘They’ll never come back. There should have been more decomposition, a smell of decomposition and there have been more flies there than what there were, which makes me think he preserved the body somehow,” he added.
The Florida woman was missing since Nov. 28. According to witnesses, the young woman was last seen at a bar in Largo, Fla. with Knapp and some friends. The couple left together, and their friends said that they were arguing.
Later that night, Knapp drove to a 7-Eleven near his home and claimed that Moore was with him. Surveillance footage was not able to get a clear view of the 30-year-old’s vehicle. Knapp later reported that the couple had driven home to his place and got into a fight about where to eat.
Moore wanted him to drive to McDonald’s, but Knapp said he was too drunk and allowed his girlfriend to leave on foot. He claimed that was the last time he saw her. The Florida man later said that he left for work around 1:15 a.m. and Moore hadn’t returned home.
Police never found any evidence that indicated Moore was leaving Colin Knapp’s home.
The 34-year-old woman allegedly Facetimed her friend around 1 a.m. and told her that she and Knapp had gotten into a fight, and she was waiting for a ride outside his house. According to the Florida woman’s friends, Knapp and Moore fought often and Kathleen Moore even told them that her boyfriend became another person when he drank.
Colin Knapp allowed police officers to search his home and they found no signs of a struggle, but a heavy smell of bleach. Investigators also found holes in Knapp’s story which pointed at him as a person of interest.
After searching the dumpsters near his place of employment, Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse, investigators found bloody clothes and items belonging to Moore. In the black trash bags were some of her clothes along with a bloody comforter and sheets. With the large amount of blood, police assumed that Kathleen Moore was dead.
Florida police officers continue their investigation of the murder of Kathleen Moore. Anyone that has information about the case should call 727-847-8102, option 7 or reach out to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.