Who was Kathleen Moore? Body of murdered Florida woman, 34, found near suspect's home
UPDATE: The body of a Florida woman, whose boyfriend was charged with her death earlier this week, has been recovered on Tuesday, December 7. The body was found near the home of suspect Collin Knapp. According to Sheriff Chris Nocco, the woman was identified as Kathleen Moore, 34, based on her tattoos.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said that about 11:30 am, deputies received a tip bout a body from someone walking on Carmel Avenue in New Port Richey, 40 miles northwest of Tampa. Moore's body was found in a wooded area that had been previously searched. "She was definitely covered on purpose to make sure nobody would come upon her," Nocco said. "Even as detectives will tell you, even when you're two feet away from her, it's hard to see that her body was there." A cause of death is yet to be determined.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA: A suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of Kathleen Moore, 34, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. Sheriff Nocco confirmed that 30-year-old Collin Knapp has been arrested and charged. Moore and Knapp had reportedly been in an “on-again, off-again” relationship for about five years. "This is a sad reminder that domestic violence takes place in every community," Sheriff Nocco said.
Reportedly, there were inconsistencies in Knapp's statements when he was interviewed. Investigators later found bloody clothes in a dumpster belonging to his employer. The clothes were identified as those belonging to Knapp.
Who was Kathleen Moore?
Moore vanished on November 29, 2021. Police later found her phone in a dumpster. Kathleen Moore was last heard from on November 29, 2021 at around 1 am. Her last known location was reportedly in the Carmel Avenue area of Pasco County, Florida. The area where Moore was last seen is reportedly near the home of Collin Knapp.
Kathleen Moore was a nursing school student and restaurant server. She lived in Largo and worked at a bar called Whiskey Wings in St Petersburg, Florida. She was a mother to a single child. "Kathleen is very loved here at this restaurant not only by the staff but by the customers, we're a very strong family here, so, I figured when we didn't hear from Kat by Wednesday, I figured she was just lost in the dark," Jaimie Poe, a manager at Whiskey Wings, was quoted as saying.
In a heartbreaking post remembering Moore, Stephanie Paige Curlin, who appeared to be her friend, wrote on Facebook, "Kathleen Moore I am so sorry for not coming to Florida. I am so sorry for everything that Collin did to you. I am so sorry that he is not talking. I am so sorry that you cannot have the peace you deserve right now. I am so sorry. But I promise you with every ounce of my being that our memories will last so much longer than my life alone. I will always have a piece of you on my arm to see. I will always have a piece of you in my heart. Kat I am so sorry I wasn’t there. I am so sorry. I love you so much Kat. I love you so so much. I promise you that what he has done will come back to him. Fly high, best friend. Please watch over us. I will see you when I get there. Please God show no mercy on Collin, please."
Kathleen Moore was declared dead on Monday, December 6, and authorities are now treating this case as a homicide investigation. "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.