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. However, 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.