Body parts of woman found in Florida Bay; man accused of murder

TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS) – Multiple body parts of a missing woman have washed up in McKay Bay.

Police say a man they allegedly knew is now facing murder charges.

On November 11, body parts began washing up in the bay. It was the same day that Stephanie Crone-Overholts was reported missing in Erie, Pennsylvania by her mother.

Police said they were able to identify Crone-Overholts by a distinctive tattoo that included her son’s name.

On Wednesday, Tampa police said they caught one of the last people to see her alive, Robert Kessler, lying.

“He told us that Stephanie was staying there for a while, but she was gone,” said Ruben Delgado, acting chief of the Tampa Police Department.

They accused him of her murder.

“We actually located some of Stephanie’s blood in her car, and we did a search warrant on Mr. Kessler’s house where we found more blood and a pair of shoes,” Delgado said.

Tampa police say there are still a lot of gaps in the timeline between when the two met and Crone-Overholts’ death.

“According to Kessler, he met her somewhere in a fast food joint, and she said she was living in his car at the time, so he invited her to live with him,” Delgado said.

Police are asking people who may have seen them together to call and tell them everything you know.

In the meantime, police say Kessler is already in jail on unrelated drug charges.

“He’s been in prison several times, and a lot of it is for drug-related activities. He is currently in custody on a drug charge,” Delgado said.

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