Florida man charged with death by Pennsylvania woman whose remains were found underwater

A man from Florida has been charged with the death of a woman in Pennsylvania whose remains were found by fishermen in a bay near Tampa, authorities said Wednesday.

Robert Kessler of Lutz was already in police custody for a drug charge when he was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Stephanie Crone-Overholts, Tampa Police Interim Chief Ruben Delgado said. Kessler is also charged with misuse of a corpse.

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Robert Kessler is charged with Stephanie Crone-Overholts’ death after her partial remains were found in the waters near Tampa, Florida earlier this month, authorities said.
(Tampa Police Department)

On Nov. 11, a fisherman discovered a leg with a tattoo of a trio of hearts with three names – Sean, Greg and Zach – in McKay Bay, near downtown Tampa, Fox-affiliated WTVT-TV reported. Another fisherman discovered human remains in the bay the following day.

Authorities are not sure how long Overholt’s body has been in the water.

Overholt lived with Kessler when her family reported her missing earlier this month. They contacted Tampa authorities after seeing her tattoo in the news, Delgado said.

Stephanie Crone-Overholts

Stephanie Crone-Overholts
(Tampa Police Department)

Kessler told investigators he met Overholts at a fast-food restaurant, where she said she lived out of her car. He invited her to stay with him, Delgado said.

Kessler that Overholts had stayed with him but then disappeared several weeks before, which was determined to be a lie, the boss said. During a search of her vehicle and Kessler’s home, detectives found her blood, according to Delgado.

The family of Stephanie Crone-Overholts identified her as the person whose remains were found in the waters near downtown Tampa, Florida earlier this month.

The family of Stephanie Crone-Overholts identified her as the person whose remains were found in the waters near downtown Tampa, Florida earlier this month.
(Tampa Police Department)

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Kessler has been in jail several times, Delgado said, mostly for drug crimes.

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