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Woman found in septic tank knew killer for years, sheriff says

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A handyman who’s accused of killing a Jensen Beach woman and throwing her body in a septic tank had known her for “years” according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Cynthia Cole’s body was discovered over the weekend, one week after she had been reported missing.

Handyman arrested after woman’s body found in septic tank

Detectives arrested Keoki Demich, Cole’s handyman, on a charge of second-degree murder.

“Saw that gentlemen every weekend for two years doing the lawn doing the maintenance,” neighbor Len Goldfarb said.

“He was not on our radar. Never had trouble with him, never had a local arrest. We were not tracking him,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Monday.

Snyder said Demich made a number of statements investigators easily refuted, and video shows Demich leaving the victim’s car in Stuart shortly after Cole was last seen.

“There are clear signs of traumatic injury to the victim,” Snyder said.

The sheriff said Cole and Demich had known each other for years.

“As far as we know, there hadn’t been any trouble with the relationship,” Snyder said.

An autopsy has yet to be completed. The arrest affidavit said Cole suffered a head injury.

Demich is being held in the Martin County jail on a $750,000 bond.