MELBOURNE, Fl. - Deputies say a Sumter County woman killed her boyfriend, cut his body into pieces, then lived with his remains in an RV at a Brevard County campground until she could no longer deal with the smell.
According to deputies, Penny Pospisil, 47, said she killled 55-year-old Anthony Mitchell in self-defense, claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. However, deputies are doubting their story because they say she went to great lengths to hide what she did. She was arrested Friday.
Investigators believe the murder happened last August at the Lake Pan RV Village in Sumter County. She moved the camper -- with Mitchell's remains -- to Brevard County in September.
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When people noticed Mitchell was missing, deputies say Pospisl made up a story to explain his absence.
"She began going around the campground telling people that he had died of natural causes and she had him cremated," said Patrick Breeden of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Neighbors soon began to smell a foul odor coming from the trailer, parked at lot 46 at Wickham Park Campground. They said they also noticed Pospisil was taking showers at the pool. Investigators conducted a search of the trailer in December when Pospisil's lot fee was overdue and found Mitchell's dismembered, decomposing body.
Neighbor Janie Craigmiles is just happy the ordeal is over.
"Everybody will be glad to hear that it's taken care of," said Craigmiles.
Pospisil, who worked as a nursing assistant, was previously arrested in Brevard County on charges of grand theft, records show.
Pospisil is being held at the Brevard County Jail and faces charges of second degree murder and abuse of a dead human body.
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