A leg found in a bay that online sleuths wildly claimed was fugitive Brian Laundrie’s has been identified as belonging to a woman who was “dismembered”.
Robert Kessler, of Lutz, Florida, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a body, reports said.
Fishermen in McKay Bay, Tampa, found a leg on November 11, which police later identified as belonging to Stephanie Crone-Overholts.
Officers discovered a tattoo on the lower right calf that showed three hearts and displayed the names Sean, Greg, and Zach.
Police say that Stephanie, of Pennsylvania, had been staying with Kessler at his home when she vanished.
Kessler, 69, told police he met Stephanie at a restaurant and she apparently told him that she was living in her car. Their exact relationship remains unknown.
Blood was found inside the woman’s vehicle on November 16 just two days after police quizzed Kessler in his home.
Cops said a witness claimed they saw someone “throwing items” into a bay at the time of Stephanie’s disappearance. They do not know when the leg was dumped into the bay.
An angler was fishing when he suddenly saw a lump that he thought looked like a catfish.
“As it gets closer to me, I start realising it looks more like a human leg.”
Following the discovery, online sleuths bizarrely speculated that the leg could’ve belonged to Laundrie. There was never any evidence to support these baseless claims.
A Facebook user wrote: “Oh my, wonder if it’s Brian’s.”
Another commented: “Brian Laundrie body parts don’t be surprised.”
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after he allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in Florida’s snake-infested Carlton Reserve.
An extensive manhunt was launched as cops scoured the wilderness before partial remains were discovered on October 20.