Arrest made in murder of ex-resident
TAMPA ” Police have leveled a murder charge in the death of former Keystone resident Katrina “Katie” Anne Froeschle who was killed while performing her work as in insurance adjuster.
Tampa police public information officer Joe Durkin said police charged 27-year-old Jason Matthew Funk Thursday night with first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery with great physical force, burglary and robbery.
Froeschle, 25, had gone to the house Funk was renting last Friday at about noon to assess damage from the hurricane season as part of her job as an insurance adjuster for State Farm.
She was reported missing by her parents Saturday morning, and her body was found floating in a river behind the house.
Funk, who lived in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood house with his girlfriend, had only been there for three or four days before the murder.
Durkin said the cause of death was a blow to the head, but he does not know the exact circumstances surrounding Froeschle’s death.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab positively linked blood sample’s from Funk’s shoes to Froeschle, as well as the blood found inside the house. His fingerprints were also found in her car, Durkin said.
Funk was caught on videotape using Froeschle’s ATM card the day after the murder.
Durkin said Funk has had prior domestic violence arrests, but nothing this severe.
“Nothing in his background would give indication that he would commit such a horrendous crime,” Durkin said.
The Froeschle family moved to Florida from Colorado about 10 years ago, but Katie returned in 2002 following her graduation from Florida State University.
She lived in Keystone during the 2002-2003 ski season, before moving back to Florida to work on a veterinary degree.
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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