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Police ID woman whose leg was found by Florida fishermen; death ruled a homicide

by: WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Nexstar Media Wire

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Tampa, Florida, have released the identity of the person whose remains were found in McKay Bay last week.

Police said the remains belong to Stephanie Crone-Overholts. Her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner.

Public records show the victim’s most recent known address was in Lutz, Florida.

Crone-Overholts’ remains were first discovered near the 22nd Street Causeway Bridge in McKay Bay on Nov. 11, when fishermen spotted what appeared to be a human leg floating in the water.

Police later confirmed the body part they found was, indeed, that of a human being.

The following day, more body parts were found by witnesses in the same area.

“I saw what looked like a lump of dead fish at first, but as it floated closer to me it started to resolve into what looks like the lower half of a human leg,” said fisherman Stuart Welch, who called police after he spotted the limb around 15 feet into the water.

At the time, the only identifying characteristic officers had was a tattoo on Crone-Overholts’ lower right calf. The tattoo showed three hearts, surrounded by ribbons with the names Sean, Greg, and Zach.

Earlier this week, police made an additional discovery after locating a silver Elantra believed to be connected to the situation, although they have not yet disclosed the relevance of the vehicle to Crone-Overholts’ death.

Tampa police have not yet arrested or identified potential suspects in this case. The investigation is still underway.                                                             SEE VIDEO REPORT     ;   https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/national-news/police-id-woman-whose-leg-was-found-by-florida-fishermen-death-ruled-a-homicide/

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I used to fish in the same area where those fishermen found that leg back in my youth when I lived in Tampa.  We lived a couple miles to the north(ish) a couple blocks east of the I4/Columbus Dr/50th St intersection.  

I'm surprised that more bodies aren't found in that small bay.

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Florida man charged with murder, dismemberment of Pennsylvania woman

by: Robert Pandolfino, Nexstar Media Wire

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida police have made an arrest in the murder of a woman whose body was found dismembered.

Tampa police say Robert Kessler of Lutz, Florida, has been arrested in connection to the death of Stephanie Crone-Overholts. Her remains were first discovered on Nov. 11, when fishermen spotted what appeared to be a human leg floating in the water.

Crone-Overholts, of Pennsylvania, had been living in Florida for several months, most recently at a home with Kessler who told Nexstar’s WFLA, he met her by chance at a McDonald’s parking lot. Kessler denied any involvement in her death when he spoke in a recorded off-camera interview with WFLA.

Detectives spoke with Kessler, who told investigators Crone-Overholts had been staying with him for several weeks but recently left. Days later, homicide detectives located her vehicle abandoned near Lutz.

Tampa Police Interim Chief Ruben Delgado said detectives obtained a warrant to search Kessler’s van and
home and found Crone-Overholts’ blood on a pair of shoes at his home.

Kessler’s criminal history dates back to the 1980s. He has been in and out of the state prison system seven times.

Sean Overholts, Stephanie’s son, told WFLA, “My mother she was a loving person, she may not have made the best decisions in life, but she was my mother, she loved us very much and she did not deserve what happened to her and nobody does.

The cause of death is still unknown, according to the chief. However, the medical examiner did rule the case a homicide. 

Kessler has been charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body. Delgado said Kessler was already in custody on an unrelated drug charge.                                                                                                                            SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;   https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/regional-news/florida-man-charged-with-murder-dismemberment-of-pennsylvania-woman/

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