TAMPA, Fla – A Florida man was charged with killing a Pennsylvania woman after her dismembered body was dumped in a bay, police said Wednesday.
Tampa Police Department arrested 69-year-old Robert Kessler earlier this week on drug charges while investigating the death of Stephanie Crone-Overholts. Kessler is charged with second-degree murder and misuse of a corpse.
A fisherman saw body parts of the 47-year-old woman from Erie, Pennsylvania earlier this month.
More body parts were later found in McKay Bay, including a leg with a tattoo, police said at a news conference. Police have released photos of her tattoo – three hearts with her son’s name. The photos went viral online and went back to her family in Pennsylvania, where she was reported missing.
The relationship between Kessler and Crone-Overholts was unclear. Interim chef Ruben Delgado said the two were living together after meeting at a fast food restaurant.
Police found her blood in his van and home, Delgado said.
It’s unclear if Kessler has hired a lawyer to comment on the allegations.
A motive has not been released.
Kessler denied any involvement in her death, telling a local TV station that they met at a restaurant and offered her a place to stay, but later asked her to leave.
Her son, Sean Overholts, released a statement earlier this month saying the family was devastated.
“This has been a living nightmare. It is unimaginable what she has been through. My mother will be greatly missed.”