PLANT CITY, Fla. - Forensic teams and deputies spent more than six hours searching for clues at the house of a missing woman. They are trying to solve the mystery of what happened to her and how her girlfriend's severed leg ended up washing ashore just 10 days after both were last seen.
Multiple bags of evidence were taken out of the home.
Doris Carter, 62, and Kelly Moriarty, 38, were last seen at Carter's Plant City home on the evening of December 16, 2011. The women had been romantically involved for two years.
Manatee County Sheriff's deputies spotted Moriarty's car on S.R. 62 in Parrish on December 20. The car was abandoned and there was no evidence of foul play.
The story took a strange twist one week later when Moriarty's severed leg washed ashore in St. Petersburg. It would take almost two months for authorities to identify the leg via DNA samples. The rest of Moriarty's body has never been found. She is presumed deceased.
"We are looking for clues," said Detective Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
McKinnon said Carter's adult daughter, whom she shared the home with, invited detectives in to look around.
Carter's daughter nor her husband and young child that live in the home are suspects in the case, McKinnon added.
Deputies were contacted by Carter's daughter on January 29, 2012. That is when she reported her mother missing and told authorities it was not uncommon for her mother and Moriarty to leave for periods of time.
There is still ongoing hope that Carter will be found alive.
Both Carter and Moriarty made claims of domestic violence against one another.
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