Handyman charged with homicide after lady’s physique present in septic tank
A physique believed to be that of a lacking Florida lady was discovered within the septic tank of her house, and her handyman was charged with homicide, officers introduced over the weekend.
Cynthia Cole, 57, was final seen Feb. 24 on the Jammin’ Jensen occasion in downtown Jensen Beach, based on the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
A physique believed to be hers was discovered contained in the septic tank of her Jensen Beach house late Friday night into Saturday morning by Martin County sheriff’s detectives, the company mentioned in a information launch.
Authorities excavated Cole’s yard for hours and located the physique “submerged in the contents of the tank about four feet underground,” based on the discharge.
Keoki Hilo Demich, 34, a handyman who labored for Cole, was positioned by detectives shortly afterward and arrested on a cost of second-degree homicide.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder advised freelancertamal affiliate WPTV of West Palm Beach that investigators discovered Cole’s automotive on Friday inside strolling distance from Demich’s house. Further, surveillance footage confirmed him strolling away from Cole’s automotive the night time she vanished.
When detectives checked out Cole’s house over the weekend, certainly one of them “happened to look down and noticed the cover to the septic tank … didn’t look right,” prompting the search into the tank, the sheriff said.
A motive is not immediately clear in the case.
“I’ve been doing this 40-plus years. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Snyder mentioned.
Positive identification of the physique by the health worker’s workplace is “expected shortly” however authorities “have each cause to imagine it’s that of Ms. Cole.” Elements of the case stay beneath investigation, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Demich stays in custody, along with his first court docket look slated for Monday, the sheriff’s workplace advised freelancertamal. The post-mortem can also be scheduled for Monday.
Online data for the case and lawyer data for Demich weren’t instantly accessible.
Marlene Lenthang is a breaking information reporter for freelancertamal Digital.