FOX19 Exclusive: New details in Northern KY woman's death

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - FOX19 has new information about the death of a northern Kentucky woman who was found buried in a container in a Clearwater, Fla. backyard.

It was behind the house where Shanessa Lynn Chappie was living with her boyfriend, William Routenberg, 35, who admitted to police that he killed Chappie during an argument.

Routenberg is a convicted sex offender.

Chappie's body is back home in Northern Kentucky, landing here just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, from a funeral home in Florida.

Shanessa's mother, Shauna Doyen, says what happened to her daughter could happen to anyone recovering from addiction.

"She did not deserve what happened to her," Doyen said tearfully.

"She had problems," said her Aunt Lavonda Grant, who is Doyen's sister. "She had drug issues."

Shanessa went to Florida with a couple of friends to start life over.

"She was doing so much better for months and months and months and then 'he' came along," Grant lamented.

'He', was William Routenberg, 35, who we showed right after his arrest in surveillance video, telling police he killed Chappie during an argument, then buried her in his backyard.

"Her cell phone activity stopped on May the 24th and she's badly decomposed," said Grant tearfully.

The family wants to know why it took police so long to find Shanessa.

"We had no report of this girl being missing by anybody," said Sergeant Tom Nestor with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department. "We had no other reports of a domestic or an argument or a fight."

Shauna Doyen's ex-husband delivered the terrible news to her Friday morning.

"Oh, it was devastating because I could barely understand him, he was so destroyed," said Doyen.

Routenberg, who is a convicted sex offender, is facing a litany of charges, including first-degree murder.

"And if it's not bad enough that I lost my daughter in such a hideous way," said Doyen. "But to find out that this monster should never have been on the street in the first place."

Police say he enlisted a buddy to help him get rid of Shanessa's body.

"He helped him unload the container and take it to the back yard and that's when he saw something," Grant said. "He saw hair with blood in it coming out of the container."

Police said Routenberg's buddy freaked out, ran and then told police what he'd seen. A neighbor also told police they saw Routenberg digging the hole.

"I was very shocked," said Shanessa's Aunt Laura Baker. "When I saw the picture of that guy that done it, it was very upsetting."

Baker saw Routenberg's photo on FOX19 and sent us a note on Facebook about her niece.

"She was a very nice girl, she was sweet," Baker said smiling. "She got along with everybody that I can remember."

"I begged her not to leave in the first place, she's my little girl, I didn't want her to go that far," said Doyen.

"He pushed her right back into what she was trying to get away from," Grant said sadly.

"I won't get any peace and closure, until I am sure that this man never gets out and hurts another woman ever," Doyen said emphatically.

Routenberg is charged with first degree murder, probation violation and several drug counts. He's being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

We should know what the closed-casket funeral plans are for Shanessa Lynn Chappie, some time Wednesday.  We'll bring you details first, right here on

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