SEATTLE -- St. Johns County detectives George Harrigan and Kip Brantley said they are relieved to finally be able to give Brittany Tavar's family some answers.
"I don't think you ever have full closure but at least they have some sense of closure knowing what happened and knowing he's in custody," said Harrigan.
The two detectives flew straight to Seattle when police arrested Joseph Roberts Tuesday on shoplifting charges.
"Life will never be the same for them but at least they can come to terms with what happened," said Brantley.
They say in hours of interviews Roberts eventually opened up, telling them exactly what happened to Tavar.
And they say Roberts told them where to search for Tavar's remains in St. Augustine.
"Toward the middle and end of the interview he became cooperative and forthcoming," said Harrigan. "I think it was a relief for him to talk to us, I think it was very stressful for him to be on the run and now it's finally over for him."
The detectives will stay in Seattle until Robert's extradition hearing Friday. They say Roberts told them he won't fight extradition back to Florida.
The detectives said they don't have any doubt he will be charged with murder. Roberts admitted driving to Seattle in July, and living on the streets and sleeping in Tavar's SUV, said police.
He told them where to find the stolen SUV which is now being processed by the FBI. Any evidence found in the vehicle will be sent to St. Johns County.
First Coast News