Darice Knowles found deceased

Acting on a tip from a prison informant, the police spent several days this past week looking for Darice Knowles. She was a 22-year-old Bahamian girl who was visiting Florida when she disappeared in June 2006. The authorities’ efforts were rewarded with a foot bone which they are confident is from Darice. Her family in the Bahamas has been notified. I think it’s amazing that anything was found at all. They were looking in a heavily wooded area the size of a football field and the foot bone could not have been more than a few inches in size.

I might add that some of the comments on the Florida Today article linked below are horrifying. Some person is saying the cops shouldn’t have bothered to look for Darice’s body because she was a foreign national. I really hope this person is just a troll trying to annoy people and doesn’t really believe that. I do not understand such cruelty and lack of compassion and basic human decency.

Central Florida News 13
Florida Today

15 thoughts on “Darice Knowles found deceased

  1. Kat August 1, 2010 / 9:51 pm

    There must be a lot of trolls then. I am ALWAYS astounded at the ignorance displayed by people on those boards. I’ve said it before, the anonimity (sp?) of the internet brings out the worst in people, there is no personal responsibility and at almost no time are people held responsible for what they say/do. If the shoe were on the other foot and they were in a certain position, then they’d be bitching about no one helping them. Yes, I know I am a bitter commenter :).

  2. Kat August 1, 2010 / 9:52 pm

    Oops. Condolences to the family. I hope they find out what happened to her.

  3. Justin August 2, 2010 / 2:46 am

    Trolls do what they do because they can mouth off without worrying about getting punched in that mouth. Some are ignorant, most are just malicious. They are an unfortunate byproduct of the internet that we have to live with.

  4. Mary August 2, 2010 / 4:24 am

    Wow..Darice is my cousin, she went missing and our whole family was searching for her, its amazing and shocking that she is found, i feel horrible. God i pray that she is in a better place. Darice i love u girl. R.i.p baby

  5. J.D. Gallop August 2, 2010 / 11:38 am

    Hi, this is J.D. Gallop with Florida Today. I am a reporter working ont the Darice Knowles case. Can you give me a call back at 321-409-1422…thank you…

  6. Kat August 4, 2010 / 1:35 pm

    Prank or for real, Meaghan?

    • Meaghan August 4, 2010 / 1:43 pm

      The reporter? Yes, he was real. He wanted to know if I knew how to get in touch with Darice’s family. I didn’t.

  7. Kat August 4, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    Coolness though..thought he might have been another troll, but you are on your way to being a superstar!

  8. jule August 5, 2010 / 1:40 am

    I am saddened by this insensitive display of how people in this world have become. I knew Darice and have always been hopeful that she will return and it broke my heart when I heard the news. But God have bigger plans for us all and I am praying for her mom and dad that they will some how get through this terrible ordeal. He didn’t have to Kill her just send her back to the Bahamas where people are that love her. may her soul rest in peace.

  9. Lady S August 5, 2010 / 7:28 pm

    I went to school with her in eighth and ninth grade I think. I can’t remember the exact dates. I was so shocked to find out this happened to someone I know, who was so full of life and energy. No-one deserves to die like this. NO-ONE has the right to take a life like that. I hope the murders are brought to justice.

  10. Mr. Curry August 8, 2010 / 2:08 pm

    Darice attended my father’s school. She was a great person. She was funny too, great sense of humor, but also very outspoken. She was brave, and was not afraid to let you know her thoughts.

    IT’s a very sad world, when our children are not safe from murder.

    No child, on the planet, should be the victim of early death. Whether in war, drug deals, robbery, etc, all our youth deserve to be protected.

    I’m not suggesting that the murder of an elderly person should be ignored or less investigated, but can’t we pass a law that people under 24 should have certain legal protections?

    In fact, while killing a young man is terrible, our young women NEED PROTECTION. Give killers additional penalties for murdering young women.

    Simultaneously, however, we must find a way to evaluate why people murder, and how, we as a global community, can deal with the mentality/ mindset of a killer and possibly save some killers from their insane tendencies.

    What an insane world, no amount of money or fame is worth the world we have. Pollution, murder, where are we headed? Do we even care how callous we have become as a society???

  11. Donald Sweeting August 9, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    My name is Donald Sweeting, I am Darice’s uncle that lives in the UK. My sister and her husband are still seriously traumatised by the turn of events involving their daughter as borne out in recent news reports. Following her recent visit to Florida where she had a conference with the police she said to me on the telephone that she is ready now to deal with the reality of what we all knew to be the case from February 2006 that her daughter is indeed deceased.

    For four years Darice’s mother could not even bear to talk about the possibility that she might be dead but in all that time secretly held onto the hope that one day she might be returned. Please be sensitive to her feelings in your reporting of these events despite the trolls as it is still a very raw nerve which will trigger the other phases of grieving that we know to be anger, negotiation, and finally acceptance. I do not propose to speak for the entire family of which there are many, however I do know that we are all in different phases of grief.

    I am personally in the anger phase, angry at a system which could not protect my dear niece from this disastrous end. Angry at an initial investigation that allegedly could not get the correct information to and from the family due to jurisdictional matters with Bahamian officials. Furious at the knowledge that suspects in this case perhaps had to be bargained with to eventually give up their partners in crime when the police seemed to know the general location of the body right from the beginning.

    In this development I also am grateful: Grateful for the fact that we may now be able to bring her body back home for a proper burial. Also for the fact that these vicious animals may now be brought to justice and that there will finally be closure for the entire family from this protracted episode of pain and suffering. My gratitude also extends to the Cocoa police for their part in continuing the investigation to what we hope is a conclusive end which I suspect to be a guilty verdict following the anticipated indictments.

    Finally I am grateful that In 1976 the United States Supreme Court overturned its ruling of 1972 (In which case, the Court had previously held that capital punishment was unconstitutional and struck down state death penalty laws nationwide) in Furman V Georgia and upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty in the case of Gregg vs. Georgia. Executions resumed in Florida in 1979 when John Spenkelink became the first Death Row inmate to be executed under the new statutes.

    I have never before been an advocate of the death penalty and even now it gives me no little comfort in knowing that The Florida legislation passed in January 2000 allows lethal injection as an alternative method of execution in Florida. The three legged electric chair that has been is service at Florida State Prison since 1998 is available for public display on the Florida Department Of Corrections website. http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/deathrow/ . This proves that my views are now clouded by personal grief and thoughts of vengeance.

    With a raging debate currently going on in the Bahamas about the constitutionality of the Death Penalty I am pleased that the trial is not going to take place over in that jurisdiction. I know of at least 500 names which would sign a petition for bringing back public executions by way of hanging and purchase tickets to witness it. Of course that would also have to involve an order by Her Majesty’s Privy Council and an act of Parliament in the Bahamas to make it happen, but it shows the level of pain and suffering that this callous and cowardly act has inspired in my family and our networks of friends and relatives in the country of decent law abiding citizens .

    Please forgive my ramblings , sleep has evaded me for many days now

    • PAUL ASK April 28, 2020 / 12:33 am

      i JUST SAW THIS STORY tonight ON BET (Black Entertainment) CHANNEL ON TV SHOW “fatal attraction”, I cried, AND i DEEPLY want to send my condolences and sympathy to you and the family and friends. What a horrible death. I wish the court “system” (police) would the same way to these 2 men, the exact same way, which they did to poor Darice, to put them in the ground alive. Believe me, I CRINGED watching this story on “Fatal Attraction”. To do that to an innocent girl, as they surmised she knew of that murder of the drug dealer, which she did not know, that is insane reasoning to do what they did. In stead of life, they should have gotten electric chair, or buried themselves. My heart and soul goes out to you and the family, and RIP Darice. Again, I am very sorry, and my sympathy and condolences are extended. GOD BLESS.

  12. Katherine Wallace November 12, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    I kew Darice. For some reason she has come up in convo tnite, but i was not expecting this outcome really. I did her hair once, spent time with her on another occasion…met her through mutual aquantances…
    She was sweet, for all her spirit and attitude, she was a kind, pleasant and genuine girl. This was never what i thought would become of her.
    I will say prayer for her, and even say one for the evil that has took her in this manner. From recent experience, i have learnt we should not dwell on how/why a person has died, but appreciate and celebrate how they lived. I was fortunate to meet her, and will allways smile when i think of her…

    Bless u babes

    Katherine and Tash xxxxxx
    Condolences to all her family.

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