Police File Charges in Florida Murder of Adjuster Who Was Inspecting Hurricane-Damaged Rental

November 19, 2004

Charges of murder and of sexual battery have been filed in the Nov. 12 slaying of a Florida insurance adjuster who went to inspect a hurricane-damaged rental home.

According to the Miami Herald, Jason M. Funk, 27, the home’s tenant, was initially arrested in connection with marijuana found growing at the home and was in jail when the new charges were filed. He was ordered held without bond.

Katrina Anne Froeschle, 25, had been sent to the home on the Hillsborough River to inspect it for Farm Bureau Insurance after the owner reported storm damage to its roof.

She contacted her boss by cell phone as she drove to the house. Her family reported her missing the next day, when they were unable to reach her. Her body was found in the river behind the house later that day. An autopsy showed she had suffered blunt force trauma to her upper body.

Police arrested Funk on drug charges the next day, and one day after his birthday, after officers said they found 19 marijuana plants growing in the house.

Funk was also charged with armed robbery and burglary of her car.

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