Documents show family members argued before women went missing

PLANT CITY, Fla. - New details emerged in the case of a severed leg that washed ashore in St. Petersburg.  Family members were involved in a fight over a Plant City home before the home's owner and her romantic partner went missing.

In a hand-written letter filed by the Hillsborough County Circuit Court exactly a year ago Friday, Doris "Pat" Carter asked for a hearing so she can kick her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter out of her Plant City home.

"I, Doris Carter, request my daughter, Stacy Muralt, husband Anthony Muralt, [and granddaughter] to vacate my premises immediately do [sic] to an extended length of time undesirable to myself that these individuals have been occupying my residence," the letter reads.

A little less than two months after the October 26, 2011 letter was filed, Carter disappeared, along with her girlfriend, Kelly Moriarty.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's detectives searched Carter's property Thursday night, with Muralt, her husband, and daughter still living inside.

Though detectives won't say much about what they hoped to find, they did leave with items that could be of evidentiary value. They're still trying to find Carter and Moriarty, last seen at the Plant City home on December 17, 2011.

The drama that precipitated their disappearance is documented in more court paperwork, filed by Muralt and her husband in defense of Carter's eviction hearing.

They claimed that Carter suffered from documented mental illness, and that Moriarty was using that illness to take advantage of her life savings. Muralt even filed a complaint against Moriarty for Elderly Financial Exploitation with the Department of Children and Families.

According to the court documents, Muralt believed that her mother never wanted her to move out until she found out about the DCF investigation.

"The defendants also fear that [Carter] will unwittingly allow Kelly Moriarty to further diminish her assets and life savings to zero," the document reads.

The documents also reveal that Carter and her mother had a history of domestic issues. Carter filed a domestic violence injunction against Muralt in 2009 but decided to drop it.

On December 15, 2011, a judge ruled in favor of Carter's request for possession of her home, and against Muralt's arguments that she and her family be allowed to stay.

Two days later, Carter and Moriarty disappeared.

Brendand Moriarty, Kelly's brother, is pleased to know detectives are still actively searching for his sister.

"We're happy the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is still actively looking for whoever killed my sister," he said.

Muralt claims she's innocent of any wrongdoing, but has refused interviews based on her attorney's advice.

She told ABC Action News on Friday afternoon that she's aware the documents paint her in a negative light, but nonetheless, she says there's more to the story than what's available in court.

She says she simply wants someone to find her mom.

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