Collin Scott Knapp, 30, was charged Monday with second degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Kathleen Moore, 34, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference.
Evidence recovered from the case indicates Moore is dead, but investigators have not located his body, officials said.
“Our hearts and prayers are poured out on the family and friends of Kathleen Moore. I know you were all looking for a better resolution, and we all were, but sadly that’s what we have,” Nocco said. .
Detectives ask Knapp to tell them where to find Moore, but he doesn’t answer questions about his whereabouts, Nocco said.
Knapp, who is being held at the Pasco County Detention Center, has requested a lawyer and is expected to be brought to justice on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office sergeant. Michel Rosa.
Based on their investigation, authorities searched the contents of a dumpster at the restaurant where Knapp works and found blood identified as Moore’s on clothing that had belonged to Knapp, Rosa said, noting that the amount of blood found suggests Moore is deceased.
According to Nocco, investigators learned that Moore and Knapp were seen arguing on the night of November 28 while they were with friends in neighboring Pinellas County.
Knapp told investigators the couple had an argument at their home in New Port Richey after midnight and Moore left before heading to the restaurant where he worked “to complete an order of meat inventory” around 1:30 a.m. Nocco said.
Investigators have no evidence Moore ever left Knapp’s home, the sheriff said.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office dog units, a drone team and “20 to 30” detectives are searching multiple areas in Pasco County in an attempt to locate Moore’s body, Rosa said.
The sheriff’s office has received numerous tips and calls regarding the case and the sheriff has asked the public to continue providing advice.
“If there’s one thing I can say to the family, it’s that Kathleen was absolutely loved by this community,” Nocco said.