A WOMAN’S body was found decomposing in the woods and police have identified who they believe is responsible.
The body was found wrapped in camping supplies.
David Allen Thomas, 59, was arrested on Tuesday by police deputies in connection to the killing of his long-term girlfriend.
Deputies have been looking for Thomas since April 10 after his girlfriend’s body was found decomposing at a camp site in Florida, according to Tampa Bay Times.
Deputies said that Thomas left the campsite hiding the body under multiple tarps, trash and debris.
Medical examiners were able to identify the woman but have not released that information due to Marsy’s Law.
Marsy’s Law states that victims of crimes have the same rights as those accused and convicted of crimes, according to the organization website.
Police were searching for Thomas for 23 days and found him at the Quality Inn and Suites in New Port Richey, according to the news outlet.
Thomas admitted to killing his girlfriend during an argument that turned physical.
He also shared that he been hiding out at the Quality Inn and Suites since March 24.
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Police deputies shared that by the time Thomas was caught, he had plans to flee the country.
During an interview with deputies details on how he took his girlfriend’s life.
“Thomas told them that fight ended when he knelt over his girlfriend’s torso while she was lying on her back, pinning her to the ground. He used his left forearm to put pressure on the woman’s neck while using his right hand to hold her arms to the ground,” deputies told the news outlet.
According to Thomas he stayed in that position, blocking her airway, until the woman died.
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Thomas continued sharing that he contemplated how to get rid of the body before settling on wrapping it in tarps.
Thomas is facing felony charges of second-degree murder and destroying, altering or tampering with evidence. Thomas is being held at Land O’ Lakes Detention Facility without bail.