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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least two migrants died and 21 have disappeared after their boat capsized Sunday off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisian officials said. Seven others were rescued.

According to the spokesman at the court in Mahdia, a Tunisian port, coast guards were alerted by a survivor.

Ferid Ben Jha told The Associated Press that all 30 migrants onboard were Tunisian citizens who wanted to cross the Mediterranean and reach Italy.

He said prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into human smuggling.

A coast guard official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk publicly, said the shipwreck was probably due to bad weather and the boat being too small, with a capacity estimated to be only up to six people.

Several Tunisian ships were involved Sunday in an ongoing search-and-rescue operation at sea, he said.


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Arrest in hunt for missing mom Kathleen Moore, 34, who vanished after ‘fight’ with boyfriend as phone found in dumpster

AN arrest has been made in connection to the disappearance of a mom in Florida who vanished without a trace one week ago after an alleged fight with her boyfriend.

Kathleen Moore, 34, was last heard from at around 1am on November 29. Police say her last known location was in the Carmel Avenue area of Pasco County, Florida.

4Kathleen Moore, 34, hasn't been seen or heard from since the early hours of Nov. 29Credit: Facebook/Kathleen Moore 4She was last seen outside the home of her boyfriend, Collin KnappCredit: Facebook

During a brief press alert on Monday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said an arrest had been made in relation to the case, though they did not identify the person detained or disclose what charges they're facing.

Until that announcement, police had said Moore's disappearance wasn't being treated as a missing person's case, not a criminal case, and therefore no suspects or persons of interest had been identified.

Deputies say that Moore, a student who lives in Largo, was last seen outside the home of her boyfriend, Collin Knapp.

Erica Swanson, who has known Moore since high school, told The Sun that Moore had Facetimed one of her friends before she disappeared, telling them "a fight had happened and she was trying to leave and was waiting for an Uber."

Moore was reported missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for work two days in a row. The mother of one works as a waitress at a bar called Whiskey Wings in St. Petersberg.

Nikki Wallen, a friend of Moore's for more than 20 years, had been with her at a bar on the night of Nov. 28. She reportedly left her car at Wallens and went with her boyfriend back to his home in New Port Ritchie.


According to Swanson, friends of Moore quickly became concerned the following morning when she failed to come and collect her car.

"This is not like her at all," Swanson said. "It's alarming. The last known conversation anybody had with her is that she'd been in a fight and was trying to leave."

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Police conducted a search of Moore's partner's home for several hours on December 3 and also searched a nearby landfill in Spring Hill.

It's unclear what evidence, if any, was recovered from either scene. It's also unclear if Knapp is the person in custody.

Police have not yet responded to a request for comment from The Sun. A press conference is slated for 8pm this evening.

A discovery was made by police last week that Swanson called "troubling": her cellphone was found cracked in a dumpster behind a nearby Walgreens by a homeless man who was searching for food.

Swanson said that Moore, whom she regularly communicates with on Facebook, would never just leave her phone.

She and many others of Moore's friends are posting updates regularly on social media, appealing to any potential witnesses to come forward with information.


Swanson said she hopes Moore's disappearance can drum up as much coverage as Gabby Petitio's vanishing did in September and October, before the slain vlogger's body was found at a Wyoming campsite.

"I think all missing people should get the same coverage because they matter all the same," she said.

"Kathleen has a lot of people out here fighting for her. We want her to know that we love her and we just want her found safe.

"But I know she's a fighter - we just want her home."

Swanson described Moore as a sociably, friendly and loving "people person."

"That's why everyone is so worried because this is not in her character at all," Moore continued. "She wouldn't just go missing without contacting anyone."

Moore is described as being around 5’7″ tall, weighing 120 pounds, and having black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a long black shirt, black jeans and black shoes when she was last seen.

As her family and friends eagerly await updates, they have conducted several independent searches in the local area, scouring woods and fields in the hunt for traces of Moore.

Anyone with information on Moore’s whereabouts is asked to call the Pasco Sheriff’s Non-Emergency Line at 727-847-8102, option 7.

4Moore's phone was found in a dumpster being a Walgreens last weekCredit: Facebook/Kathleen Moore 4Family and friends are growing increasingly concernedCredit: Facebook/Kathleen Moore Missing University of New Hampshire student Vincenzo Lirosi found dead
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