TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — An arrest has been made after the dismembered body of a woman was found dumped in a bay.
Tampa police arrested Robert Kessler, 69, earlier this week on drug charges while investigating the death of Stephanie Crone-Overholts. He now faces charges of second degree murder and abuse of a corpse.
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A fisherman spotted body parts belonging to the 47-year-old woman from Erie, Pennsylvania earlier this month.
Other body parts, including a tattooed leg, were later discovered in McKay Bay, police said. They posted photos of her tattoo – three hearts including her son’s name. The photos went viral online and came back to her family in Pennsylvania where she had been reported missing.
The relationship between Kessler and Crone-Overholts was unclear. Acting chef Ruben Delgado said the two were living together after meeting at a fast food joint.
His blood inside his van and his house, Delgado said.
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Police said they don’t know when Crone-Overholts was killed or when her body was dumped. A pattern has not been released.
Kessler denied any involvement in his death, telling a local TV station that they met at a restaurant and he offered her accommodation, but then asked her to leave.
Her son, Sean Overholts, released a statement earlier this month saying the family was devastated.
“It has been a living nightmare. It’s unimaginable what she went through. My mother will be greatly missed. »
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