A Florida man has been charged with the death of a Pennsylvania woman whose remains were found by fishermen in a bay close to Tampa, authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Robert Kessler, of Lutz, was already in police custody on a drug cost when he was arrested and charged with the second-degree homicide of Stephanie Crone-Overholts, Tampa Police Interim Chief Ruben Delgado mentioned. Kessler can also be charged with abuse of a useless physique.
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On Nov. 11, a fisherman found a leg bearing a tattoo of a trio of hearts with three names – Sean, Greg, and Zach — in McKay Bay, close to downtown Tampa, Fox affiliate WTVT-TV reported. Another fisherman found human remains in the bay the next day.
Authorities are usually not certain how lengthy Overholts’ physique was in the water.
Overholts was staying with Kessler when her household reported her lacking earlier this month. They contacted Tampa authorities after seeing her tattoo on the information, Delgado mentioned.
Kessler advised investigators he met Overholts at a fast-food restaurant the place she mentioned she was residing out of her automobile. He invited her to stick with him, Delgado mentioned.
Kessler mentioned that Overholts had stayed with him however then disappeared a number of weeks prior, which was decided to be a lie, the chief mentioned. During a search of her automobile and Kessler’s dwelling, detectives found her blood, in line with Delgado.
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Kessler has been in jail a number of instances, Delgado mentioned, largely for drug offenses.