Police are investigating a possible break in severed leg case

5:22 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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Ybor City, Florida - There may be new information in a still-unsolved murder mystery involving a severed leg that washed ashore in St. Petersburg in December.

DNA tests showed the limb belonged to 38-year-old Kelly Moriarty.

Moriarty is presumed dead. Her partner, Doris Carter, 62, from Plant City, is still missing and has not been seen or heard from.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office would not be specific, but they confirmed to 10 News, that they are examining evidence provided to them by detectives in Sarasota County.

Debbie Carter, a spokesperson for HCSO, hoped it might provide the lead they have been looking for.

"I think that it's encouraging that we have something that we can look at right now and hopefully will lead us into a new direction," she said.

Both Moriarty and Carter have been missing since the week before last Christmas.

In March, DNA evidence showed a severed leg that washed ashore in St. Petersburg on Dec. 27 belonged to Moriarty.

It was Moriarty's car, they figured out, that had been found abandoned in Bradenton on Dec. 20.

Over the past five weeks, the trail of evidence seemed to be going nowhere, but now they have a possible break in the case.

It turns out the day before Moriarty's leg was found, Sarasota deputies had pulled over a white car in which, reports show, they found drugs.

More important, perhaps, is what was found in the trunk.

According to the arrest report, deputies found a stun gun, two hatchets - one with what appeared to be blood stains - a knife, gloves and dark clothing.

Deputies arrested 45-year-old Anthony Brigitzer for possession of the stun gun which he was not supposed to have, because of a prior felony.

27-year-old Kelly Rosier, a passenger in the car, was busted on drug charges.

It's what was in the trunk and the timing of those items being found - that now has law enforcement's attention.

"To try to connect the dots and try to find out if everything - if the leg, the vehicle, the evidence and the missing person - everything we have is all connected and how it's connected," said Carter.

The sheriff's office confirmed it has also contacted Moriarty and Carter's relatives about the developments in the case.

"You don't want to get their hopes up, but yet you want to let them know and reassure them of the fact that we're still investigating, we're still looking at every angle in order to try and solve this crime," said Carter.

Until the results of those evidence tests are in, there's not much officials can say or do about Anthony Brigitzer or Rosier.

Brigitzer has not been charged in connection with this case, and Sarasota officials say he has been out their jail since the day he was arrested on that weapons charge.

Rosier was being held in the Sarasota County Jail for failure to appear on an unrelated drug warrant. 

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