Who is Collin Knapp? Florida man, 30, arrested in murder of 34-yr-old Kathleen Moore
A set of bloodied clothes with blood matching Moore's was recovered from a dumpster at a steakhouse where Knapp works
NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA: Florida woman Kathleen Moore, 34, was reported missing on November 30 after she failed to show up at work at Whiskey Wings, two days in a row. Moore's friend of two decades Nikki Wallen said she met Moore on Sunday, November 28 at a beach bar. After returning home, Moore left her car at Wallen's home and accompanied her boyfriend Colin Knapp to his house in New Port Richey. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office began investigating this missing person's report and a week later, Knapp was arrested after bloodied clothes with blood matching that of Moore's was found at a steakhouse where he worked.
"It’s not like her to miss work and school and to not contact me, so it’s not her having her car there for days, it’s me not hearing from her that I know something isn’t right. Something happened," Wallen said initially after Moore went missing. “More than one person knows something and they need to come forward sooner than later,” she said. Investigating authorities searched Knapp's home which was Moore's last known location at 1 am on Monday, Nov. 29. They also looked for clues at the Pasco County landfill in Spring Hill. Her phone was recovered from a Walgreens near Knapp's home, according to Moore's friends. Following his arrest, Knapp was charged with second-degree murder and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco divulged more details into this chilling case.
Authorities confirmed Kathleen Moore is dead
Kathleen Moore was declared dead on Monday, December 6, and authorities are now treating this case as a homicide investigation, according to the Sun. During a press conference on Monday evening, Nocco addressed the delay in speaking about the case, hopeful they'd receive more information from Knapp. He said Knapp who has been charged with second-degree murder has been non-cooperative. "We're hoping he was going to provide information during his interview. 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 adding they'd found bloodied clothes at Harold Seltzer's Steakhouse where Knapp works. The Sheriff confirmed that they had arrested Knapp in the afternoon.
"We wish that Collin would provide us the information of where Kathleen is. And we delayed this press conference a little bit because we just arrested him afternoon," Nocco said before making a plea to the public to find 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," he added before sharing a timeline of this case.
Timeline of Kathleen Moore's disappearance
"On November 28, between 10 pm and 11.30 pm, 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 Collin had been arguing at some of these bars," Nocco added. "So it's 12.30 am on November 29 at the 7-11 at Carmel Avenue and Seven Springs Boulevard in Pasco County. Collin went to buy cigarettes and he states that Kathleen was in the vehicle." Nocco said the deputies tried to investigate the video surveillance but couldn't determine if she left the residence at all and was indeed in the car. "Collin told us that they go into the car mall," Nocco said, adding that's "where they have another argument at this point."
The sheriff said, "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 1:30 am." Nocco said Moore went missing on Monday morning and Knapp was the last person she was in the company of.
Who is Collin Knapp?
Apart from his profession, disturbing details from Knapp's personal life have emerged during the investigation. The Sun reports 30-year-old Collin Knapp has a long history of domestic violence with other women and prior to the recent arrest, he was taken into custody for 10 felonies and nine misdemeanors. Nocco also said during the conference that, "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." Moore and Knapp were seen fighting at a bar on the final night she was seen alive. There is no other person of interest/suspect in Moore's murder for now.