One year has passed since a Bradenton woman and her Plant City girlfriend vanished. Kelly Moriarty, 38, and Doris "Pat" Carter, 62, were last seen alive on December 16, 2011 at Carter's Plant City home. Carter shared the home with her daughter and her son-in-law.
Moriarty's car was found abandoned in Manatee County four days later. Her severed leg washed up on a St. Petersburg beach December 27th. Moriarty's family believes she is dead. Carter is still considered a missing person.
"We think that she is deceased, as well," said Brenden Moriarty, Kelly's brother.
Moriarty's parents began offering a $5,000 reward this month. They also plastered posters around Plant City with Kelly's picture. No arrests have been made.
"We just pray to god that they come forward," said Bud Moriarty, Kelly's father.
Bud Moriarty said his daughter was a star softball player in high school and on the professional level. She had just earned her national massage license and planned to move to New York to begin her new career. Moriarty was planning the move without Carter, her partner of two years.
"I'm 78-years-old and I made a promise to the police and to myself that until the day I die I'm going to keep working on this case," said Bud Moriarty.
Bud Moriarty has written 16 letters to the Governor, US Senators, FBI agents, the FDLE, and local law enforcement agencies asking for assistance. He believes the Hillsborough Sheriff Office needs help. Hillsborough investigators did recently return to Carter's Plant City home and took away bags of evidence.
The Moriarty's think the couple's sexuality played a role in the disappearance. They also believe there are people in the Plant City area who know exactly what happened. They say they pray for answers each day so they can give their daughter a proper burial.
"Her urn is the size of a perfume bottle sitting on my wife's dresser," said Bud Moriarty.
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