Cynthia ‘Cyndi’ Cole, who had been missing for over a week, was last seen Feb. 24
Her body was discovered submerged in the cesspool, buried in her backyard of her home in Jensen Beach, Florida, on Saturday
Police believe the 57-year-old home owner was killed in her house then dumped in the cesspool
Her handyman, Keoki Hilo Demich, 34, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder
Police began searching the backyard for Cole’s body after Demich’s arrest on Friday
Demich had been hired by Cole to be her handyman for the last few years, and was the only suspect after his employer was reported missing
The body of a Florida woman, who vanished without trace more than a week ago, had been found inside her septic tank.
Police charged her handyman for murder on Saturday.
Police began searching the tank for Cynthia ‘Cyndi’ Cole, 57, a few hours after arresting her handyman Keoki Hilo Demich, on Friday night.
After several hours of excavation, her body was discovered submerged in the cesspool, buried in her backyard in the 4500 block of NE Skyline Drive in Jensen Beach.
Demich, 34, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Cole had been missing for over a week and was last seen February 24 at a Jammin Jensen event.
Demich had been hired by Cole to be her handyman for the last few years.
He was the sole suspect in the disappearance of his employer after she was reported missing.
‘He made several statements that we know are false so he was charged with second-degree murder,’ said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.
Snyder added that Ring cameras and security footage near Cole’s home show Demich exiting Cole’s car near Demich’s home in Stuart on the same night when his employer was last seen.
There were several other instances of cameras catching Demich near Cole’s vehicle, according to Snyder.
After several hours of digging, they eventually pulled Cole’s body out of the septic tank early Saturday morning.
‘I’ve been doing this 40 plus years. I’ve never seen anything like it,’ Snyder said.
Meanwhile, Snyder said detectives are still collecting evidence and added that Demich could face additional charges.
Police say the evidence collected thus far suggests that Cole was likely murdered in her home before her body was placed in the septic tank.
The body has yet to be positively identified by the medical examiner’s office, however authorities say they have every reason to believe that they discovered Cole’s body.