Deputies: Woman confesses to killing Deltona man



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A Volusia County woman was arrested and charged with killing her neighbor, and then trying to cover it up, investigators said.

Deputies said Angela Stoldt, 40, confessed to strangling and stabbing James Sheaffer, 36.

Investigators said Sheaffer was reported missing by his father on April 4. He had been missing for two days when the father called the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said they spoke to Stoldt more than once while searching for Sheaffer. She told them she was a friend of Sheaffer's.

According to investigators, a 911 call came in shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday from a relative of Stoldt's. The caller said Stoldt was acting suicidal and admitted to killing Sheaffer.

Investigators said the caller said Stoldt was hugging her children and saying goodbye.

According to investigators, when asked by the 911 dispatcher why Stoldt was saying goodbye to her children, the caller responded, "Because she came to the house and she told my parents that she committed a crime and that she's being investigated for it."

Investigators said Stoldt initially refused to talk with them. She was taken in for a mental health evaluation because of her suicidal statement, they said.

According to investigators, a search of Stoldt's house turned up evidence indicating a crime had been committed there.

Stoldt later told investigators she was ready to talk and confessed to stabbing and strangling Sheaffer and then disposing of his body, investigators said.

Investigators said Stoldt led them to Sheaffer's remains.

Stoldt is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach without bail. She is charged with second-degree murder, abuse of a dead human body and tampering with physical evidence, according to investigators.