AUTHORITIES have confirmed Kathleen Moore is dead and have arrested her boyfriend Colin Knapp on Monday after the two were seen fighting the last n
AUTHORITIES have confirmed Kathleen Moore is dead and have arrested her boyfriend Colin Knapp on Monday after the two were seen fighting the last night she was seen alive.
Law enforcement has now labeled the case a homicide investigation after Florida mom Kathleen Moore, 34, was last seen at around 1am on November 29 in the Carmel Avenue area of Pasco County, Florida.
Kathleen Moore, 34, hasn’t been seen or heard from since the early hours of Nov. 29[/caption]
She was last seen outside the home of her boyfriend, Collin Knapp[/caption]
During a press conference on Monday evening, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the office had delayed addressing the public in the hopes of gaining information from Knapp.
Instead, they were met with a “cold” individual who did not share much about Moore’s whereabouts.
Knapp has been charged with second-degree murder.
“We’re hoping he was going to provide information during his interview,” Nocco said on Monday evening.
“But as one of our 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.”
Nocco said deputies found clothing with blood evidence of Moore’s at a county landfill that came from a dumpster at the Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse – where Knapp works.
“We wish that Colin would provide us the information of where Kathleen is,” Nocco added. “And we delayed this press conference a little bit because we just arrested him afternoon.”
Instead, Nocco added that they are now asking for the public’s help in locating Moore’s body.
“Whether it was Kathleen’s nursing school friends, people that she works with, and everyone else,” Nocco said, “the amount of love that they were showing, trying to find her.”
“So if there’s one thing that I can tell the family is that Kathleen was absolutely loved by this community.”
“So this is the timeline of events that we have so far,” Nocco began the conference by recounting the investigation’s details that have thus been uncovered.
“On November 28, between 10pm and 11:30pm, Kathleen and Collin left Largo after a night of socializing, hanging out with friends at multiple bars in Largo in Indian Rocks Beach.”
“Kathleen and Colin had been arguing at some of these bars,” Nocco added.
“So it’s 12:30am on November 29 at the 7-11 at Carmel Avenue and Seven Springs Boulevard in Pasco County,” Nocco said. “Colin went to buy cigarettes and he states that Kathleen was in the vehicle.”
He added that deputies attempted to look at video surveillance but couldn’t tell for sure if Moore was indeed in the car, and are still asking the public for help.
“We have no evidence we have that she actually left that residence,” he said.
“Collin told us that they go into the car mall,” Nocco said, adding that’s “where they have another argument at this point.
Knapp then decides that “about an hour later, Colin decides to go to his job, which is at Harold seltzer Steakhouse in Port Richey.”
“He’s a kitchen manager there and he wanted to complete a meat inventory order around 1:30am,” which is the location where he is alleged to have put bloody clothing in the dumpster.
“Kathleen went missing early Monday morning,” Nocco said, then adding how they found evidence that Knapp was last with her.
“There was a man who had found her phone at the Walgreens, he tells us that he dumpster dives and he found that it at Seven Springs Boulevard,” Nocco added, saying authorities followed up on the tip.
“So we found out through the investigation that Colin had some garments or clothes that he had taken to work at Harold seltzers and puts it in the dumpster there.
Nocco also added Knapp has a long history of domestic violence with other women and was arrested for 10 felonies and nine misdemeanors.
During a brief press alert on Monday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said an arrest had been made in relation to the case, though they did not identify the person detained or disclose what charges they’re facing.
Until that announcement, police had said Moore’s disappearance was being treated as a missing person’s case, not a criminal case, and therefore no suspects or persons of interest had been identified.
Deputies say that Moore, a student who lives in Largo, was last seen outside the home of her boyfriend, Collin Knapp.
Erica Swanson, who has known Moore since high school, told The Sun that Moore had Facetimed one of her friends before she disappeared, telling them “a fight had happened and she was trying to leave and was waiting for an Uber.”
Moore was reported missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for work two days in a row. The mother of one works as a waitress at a bar called Whiskey Wings in St. Petersberg.
Nikki Wallen, a friend of Moore’s for more than 20 years, had been with her at a bar on the night of Nov. 28. She reportedly left her car at Wallen’s and went with her boyfriend back to his home in New Port Ritchie.
‘OUT OF CHARACTER’
According to Swanson, friends of Moore quickly became concerned the following morning when she failed to come and collect her car.
“This is not like her at all,” Swanson said. “It’s alarming. The last known conversation anybody had with her is that she’d been in a fight and was trying to leave.”
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Police conducted a search of Moore’s partner’s home for several hours on December 3 and also searched a nearby landfill in Spring Hill.
It’s unclear what evidence, if any, was recovered from either scene. It’s also unclear if Knapp is the person in custody.
Police have not yet responded to a request for comment from The Sun. A press conference is slated for 8pm this evening.
A discovery was made by police last week that Swanson called “troubling”: Moore’s cellphone was found cracked in a dumpster behind a nearby Walgreens by a homeless man who was searching for food.
Swanson said that Moore, whom she regularly communicates with on Facebook, would never just leave her phone.
She and many others of Moore’s friends are posting updates regularly on social media, appealing to any potential witnesses to come forward with information.
Swanson said she hopes Moore’s disappearance can drum up as much coverage as Gabby Petitio’s vanishing did in September and October, before the slain vlogger’s body was found at a Wyoming campsite.
“I think all missing people should get the same coverage because they matter all the same,” she said.
“Kathleen has a lot of people out here fighting for her. We want her to know that we love her and we just want her found safe.
“But I know she’s a fighter – we just want her home.”
Swanson described Moore as a sociably, friendly and loving “people person.”
“That’s why everyone is so worried because this is not in her character at all,” Moore continued. “She wouldn’t just go missing without contacting anyone.”
Moore is described as being around 5’7″ tall, weighing 120 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a long black shirt, black jeans and black shoes when she was last seen.
As her family and friends eagerly await updates, they have conducted several independent searches in the local area, scouring woods and fields in the hunt for traces of Moore.
Anyone with information on Moore’s whereabouts is asked to call the Pasco Sheriff’s Non-Emergency Line at 727-847-8102, option 7.
Knapp was charged with second-degree murder[/caption]
Moore’s phone was found in a dumpster being a Walgreens last week[/caption]
Family and friends are growing increasingly concerned[/caption]
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