The search team of reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has reportedly found the body of a missing Florida mother Kathleen Moore near her boyfriend’s home.
According to The Sun, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, confirmed earlier this month that the body found near Collin Knapp’s home has been identified as Moore. The missing woman was last seen alive in the early hours of November 29th with Knapp.
In a statement on Facebook, the Pasco Sheriff’s Department revealed that it received a report on December 7th from an individual walking in the area of Carmel Ave., New Port Richey of a decomposing body. “The body has been determined to be the decedent Kathleen Moore, identified by tattoos.”
The Pasco Sheriff’s Department also confirmed that Moore’s body was located in a wooded area. It was partially buried by thick brush located approximately 50 years northeast of Knapp’s residence in New Port Richey. Knapp is now in custody for second-degree homicide in connection with the disappearance of the woman. “PSO detectives relentlessly searched the wooded area neighboring Collin Knapp’s residence as well as other locations. Utilizing K9 tracking, air surveillance, drones, and line searches.”
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Meanwhile, Sgt. Michael Rose declared in a press conference that it is too early to determine the cause of Moore’s death. Knapp and the missing woman had been in an on-again, off-again relationship for about years.
Nocco stated that deputies noticed some inconsistencies in Knapp’s statements prior to his arrest. Following the interview, authorities searched a dumpster from the restaurant Knapp worked. They discovered blood that identified as Moore’s on clothing that belonged to the man. The amount of blood on the clothing led police to the conclusion that the missing woman was likely dead.
Nocco also shared that upon his arrest, officials noticed Knapp’s “cold” demeanor as they questioned him about his missing girlfriend’s whereabouts. “We were hoping he was going to provide information during his interview. But as one of the detectives described to us, he’s very cold. Even when we’re begging with him to tell us where her body is. He won’t give us information.”
Pasco County Sheriff dispatched canine units, a drone team, and 20 to 30 detectives to search multiple areas. But they weren’t able to find the missing woman until nearly two weeks later.
Nocco went on to offer condolence to Moore’s friends and family. “This is a sad reminder that domestic violence takes place in every community. Our hearts and prayers pour out to the family and friends of Kathleen Moore. I know you were all searching for a better resolution. And we all were. But unfortunately, this is what we have.”