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Florida man is arrested for MURDER of his missing girlfriend, body found hours later

Colin Knapp, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of her 34-year-old on-and-off girlfriend Kathlyn Moore in Pasco County

The body of a woman who had been missing for a week was found by Florida police just hours after her boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Colin Knapp, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of her 34-year-old on-and-off girlfriend Kathlyn Moore in Pasco County, near Tampa.

Moore’s body was found in a remote wooded area Tuesday. It’s unclear how she died, and no motive has been shared. Cops previously announced her death after finding her clothes with a huge quantity of the victim’s blood splashed on them.

Knapp appeared in court on Tuesday before Moore’s remains were found in a wooded area near Carmel Drive, 50 yards away from Knapp’s home. He is being held without bond.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office had arrested him earlier on Tuesday after determining blood found on Knapp’s clothes was enough to charge him with Moore’s death.

Around 5.30pm local time, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirmed the news of Moore’s death.

‘I can say she is deceased today. We positively identified her body based on tattoos. The call came in around 11:30 this morning that she was discovered in the woods,’ he said.

‘You can tell she was definitely covered on purpose to make sure nobody would come upon her,’ he added.

Nocco said Moore had been found in a makeshift grave in a remote wooded area, which had previously been combed by search dogs who missed her remains.  

Authorities said Knapp has been uncooperative with the investigation. He and Moore were last seen together on November 28 arguing in bars in Largo and Indian Rocks Beach before returning to Knapp’s home on New Port Richey, police said.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office had arrested him earlier on Tuesday after determining blood found on Knapp's clothes was enough to charge him with Moore's death

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office had arrested him earlier on Tuesday after determining blood found on Knapp’s clothes was enough to charge him with Moore’s death

Around 5.30pm local time, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirmed the news of Moore's death

Around 5.30pm local time, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco confirmed the news of Moore’s death

Authorities said Knapp has been uncooperative with the investigation. He and Moore were last seen together on November 28 arguing in bars in Largo and Indian Rocks Beach before returning to Knapp's home on New Port Richey, police said

Authorities said Knapp has been uncooperative with the investigation. He and Moore were last seen together on November 28 arguing in bars in Largo and Indian Rocks Beach before returning to Knapp’s home on New Port Richey, police said

Moore’s mother, Karyn, told WFLA News that she had only seen Knapp on Facetime calls but did not know him that well. 

Moore worked as a server at a bar and was taking phlebotomy classes, hoping to one day become a nurse, her mother told WFLA News. She was also a mother-of-one, and although her daughter was being raised by another family, she was an active part of the child’s life. 

‘I’m really going to miss her very, very much. I love her with all my heart. I truly believe that we all in life have to take a journey and I just wish that Kathleen’s journey didn’t stop where it did,’ Karyn told the outlet.

‘I had that gut feeling. It’s like a mother’s instinct. You just know when you can’t sense your child’s spirit,’ she added. 

WFLA reported that the couple had been in an on-and-off relationship for years, but did not live together. Knapp had met several of Moore’s closest friends for the first time on Thanksgiving. 

Friends of Moore said she was last seen waiting for a cab outside of Knapp’s house, but police concluded there was no evidence that she ever left the home.

'I had that gut feeling. It's like a mother's instinct. You just know when you can't sense your child's spirit,' Kathlyn Moore's said

‘I had that gut feeling. It’s like a mother’s instinct. You just know when you can’t sense your child’s spirit,’ Kathlyn Moore’s said

Friends of Moore said she was last seen waiting for a cab outside of Knapp's house, but police concluded there was no evidence that she ever left the home

Friends of Moore said she was last seen waiting for a cab outside of Knapp’s house, but police concluded there was no evidence that she ever left the home

According to police reports, Knapp went to his job at Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse to dispose of items with Moore’s blood.

Deputies recovered 14 industrial-sized dumpsters in the landfill and found clothing with Moore’s blood and her cellphone inside.

The quantity of blood found on the clothing was what determined Moore had been killed before her body was found, detectives had earlier revealed.   

‘Yes, there was blood that was identified as hers on our suspect’s pants, however, there is lots of blood that was located during this investigation,’ said Nocco.

Nocco said Knapp was ‘very cold,’ and had not cooperated with investigators who pledged with him to reveal the location of the body before it was found.

Moore’s body was located thanks to the help of residents of Pasco County, Nocco said on Tuesday.

Police had previously tracked the wooded area with K-9 units and drones, but due to wind, weather, decomposition, had not been able to find the body, police said.

'Yes, there was blood that was identified as hers on our suspect's pants, however, there is lots of blood that was located during this investigation,' said Nocco

‘Yes, there was blood that was identified as hers on our suspect’s pants, however, there is lots of blood that was located during this investigation,’ said Nocco

Deputies recovered 14 industrial-sized dumpsters in the landfill and found clothing with Moore's blood and her cellphone inside

Deputies recovered 14 industrial-sized dumpsters in the landfill and found clothing with Moore’s blood and her cellphone inside

Police are asking anybody with information about Moore's death to call 727-847-8102

Police are asking anybody with information about Moore’s death to call 727-847-8102

‘We pray for her family because they are going through so much right now, but with that, we will bring her justice, we will bring her family justice. That is important,’ Nocco said during a press conference after Moore’s body was found.

Deputy Michael Rosa hinted that police have evidence beyond the bloodied clothes that links Knapp to the murder.

‘We can tell you that it was more than just the blood on the defendant’s pants that led us to the arrest. However, a lot of information we cannot reveal at this time,’ Rosa said.

Knapp has a long criminal history, with ten felonies and nine misdemeanors. Since 2004, he has been arrested for battery, possession of marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine as well as resisting arrest.

Police are asking anybody with information about Moore’s death to call 727-847-8102.


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