A Florida man was captured and accused of maltreatment of a cadaver after he unconsciously provided police with home observation film that showed him hauling the inert body of a 38-year-elderly person through his home.
William Redden, 51, purportedly enveloped the cadaver of Stephanie Shenefield by a sheet prior to hauling her inert body to his vehicle and heading to a trench, where he threw her remaining parts, as indicated by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
It was not satisfactory how the lady passed on.
Shenefield, a mother of two, took a Uber to the home of Redden, a supposed street pharmacist, at 1:20 a.m. on Friday, June 3, specialists said.
Eventually in the evening, Shenefield kicked the bucket inside the house and Redden purportedly discarded her body as opposed to calling for help, Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said.
“William Redden fails to address it,”
Sheriff Wells said at a public interview broadcasted on WTSP Tampa Bay 10.
“He doesn’t call 911, he doesn’t call specialists, he doesn’t call anybody.”
Redden, an eight-time convicted felon, told detectives that Shenefield stayed at his house that night — but left the next morning.
The detectives then asked Redden if they could take the DVRs from surveillance cameras on the inside and exterior of the house. He complied and said the cameras don’t record inside his house and are only a “live monitoring” system, according to the sheriff’s office.
“He tells them they do not record inside the residence. He was wrong,”
“Thankfully he’s ignorant and didn’t know that. Because it worked for us.”
To investigators’ surprise, the video unveiled the final moments of Shenefield’s life and provided hints as to how her body ended up in a ditch in Palmetto.
The detectives verified through the video footage that Shenefield was at Redden’s home in Palmetto and died there during the night. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death.
Redden then can be seen
“dragging her lifeless body throughout the house”
and loading it into a car before driving off, Wells said.
Two people walking their dog found Shenefield’s
body in a 12-foot-deep drainage ditch near railroad tracks Thursday, June 9, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Florida mom was reported missing after Sunday, June 5, when she didn’t show up for work and also had missed a concert Friday evening.
“William Redden is a piece of crap, that’s what he is. He had the opportunity to call law enforcement, to call 911, to try to save her,”
“He could have done a lot of things, but that’s not his character,”
“The only thing he thought of was trying to get rid of the evidence that was in his car – that was a human being; that was someone that was truly loved in this community.”
Redden was charged with abuse of a corpse, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of an altered firearm. Additional charges are expected to be brought as the investigation continues, Wells said.
“We will continue to investigate this, but we want you to know that our hearts break for the family of Stephanie,”
the sheriff said.
He is being held at the Manatee County Jail on $108,000 bond.