MELBOURNE, Florida – A Florida woman was arrested and charged with murdering her boyfriend after police discovered his dismembered remains inside a camper trailer at Wickham Park Campground in Melbourne, Florida.
According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old Anthony Mitchell moved to the Lake Panasoffkee RV
Village in Sumter County, Florida in early August 2018 where he resided with his 47-year-old girlfriend Penny Rebecca Pospisil.
Mitchell’s family last spoke with him on August 22nd, 2018, and it was shortly after that time that detectives learned that Pospisil had started informing friends, family and neighbors that Mitchell had passed away.
The investigation also revealed that persons within the Lake Panasoffkee RV Village noticed a foul odor coming from Mitchell and Pospisil’s camper trailer.
Pospisil later moved the camper trailer from Lake Panasoffkee, Florida to the Wickham Park Campground in Melbourne near the end of September 2018.
Witnesses at the Wickham Park Campground also reported a foul odor coming from the camper trailer.
The Melbourne Police Department obtained a search warrant for the camper trailer after being called to Wickham Park on December 30th, 2018 for a well-being check since no one had seen Pospisil and her lot fee was overdue.
Upon their arrival, officers noted a foul odor coming from the trailer and ultimately discovered Anthony Mitchell’s dismembered body in the advanced stages of decomposition.
On December 30th, 2018, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Melbourne Police Department and informed of an active death investigation occurring within their jurisdiction.
The Brevard County Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be homicide due to blunt force trauma.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Melbourne Police Department worked closely together throughout the investigation and ultimately determined that Mitchell’s murder occurred around August 23rd, 2018 in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, Florida.
Investigators say that, after Mitchell was murdered, Pospisil dismembered his body inside of the camper trailer and undertook significant steps to cover up the crime as well as the decomposing remains left behind.
On January 25, 2019, detectives from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked in a coordinated effort with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to conduct surveillance on a home believed to be Penny Pospisil’s residence.
During that surveillance, deputies observed Penny Rebecca Pospisil exit the residence at which time she was arrested on
a Sumter County Warrant for 2nd Degree Murder and Abuse of a Dead Human Body.
She was booked into the Brevard County Jail where she is being held without bond.