January 22, 2013

Police trying to track Westbrook woman's last steps

The manner of Margarita Scott's death is still kept secret, but they say her husband found her body.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Police renewed their appeal to the public Tuesday for tips that might help them solve the killing of a 29-year-old Westbrook woman whose body was found last week.

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A photo of Margarita Scott was taped to the podium at a press conference Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Portland Police Department. Scott's body was found in a car last week in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Riverside Street.

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Portland Police released this photo Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, of the car Margarita Scott's body was found in last week in a parking lot at the Motel 6 on Riverside Street.

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Police interviewed a family who had lived in a first-floor apartment at 266 West Concord St. where Margarita Fisenko Scott stayed during December. Evidence recovery specialists combed through the vacant apartment, which has been under renovation for the past three weeks.

Police are still looking for others who might have stayed there at the same time as Scott.

Police on Tuesday also released a photograph of the red 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer in which Scott's body was found at 3:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Motel 6 on Riverside Street. They asked anyone who saw it, or her, in the weeks since Christmas to contact police.

"We continue to establish a timeline of the victim's movements, where she may have been employed, locations of where she may have been staying, as well as identifying other people who may have been spending time with her," said Lt. Scott Pelletier, head of the Police Department's detective bureau.

The state medical examiner has ruled Scott's death a homicide but has not disclosed how she died.

She was found in the back seat of the sport utility vehicle by her husband, Cary Scott, after he cleared off snow that had fallen the previous night.

The vehicle was registered to Cary Scott but his wife had been using it. A friend saw the car Thursday and told Cary Scott that it was at the motel, family members have said.

Margarita Scott's family, including her husband, contacted police in Westbrook and Portland around the holidays in an effort to find her and the car, although a missing-person report was not filed, Pelletier said.

The Scotts got married during the summer and separated in November. Pelletier said police have found no evidence of violence in the relationship. They found that, before the holidays, the Scotts had regular contact even though separated.

Margarita Scott's lack of contact with her family and friends has made it difficult for police to establish a timeline of her movements before she died.

People in the area of 266 West Concord St. remembered a woman matching pictures of Scott and brought the apartment to the attention of police.

The apartment is two miles from the Motel 6. Police said Tuesday that Scott was not a registered guest at the motel.

The tenants at 266 West Concord St., a couple with children, moved out at the end of December. Police interviewed them and said they were cooperative.

The couple declined a reporter's request for an interview Tuesday.

The apartment has been under renovation since the first week of January, complicating investigators' efforts to recover any clues.

Margaret Govednik of Rhode Island, who owned the property until Nov. 1, was unfamiliar with Scott.

She said the only trouble she had with the first-floor tenants was that they sometimes let trash accumulate on the porch and often went to New York City, so she worried about the pipes freezing.

"They did have a guy staying there occasionally," she said. "He was supposedly just a guest staying a little at a time. I don't think he had a job. Whenever I was there, he seemed to be there."

Police asked that anyone who saw Scott or the TrailBlazer after the holidays call them at 874-8533 or 874-8604.

Staff Writer David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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Portland Police Lieutenant Scott Pelletier speaks at a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Portland Police Department, regarding the homicide of Margarita Scott, whose body was found in a car at the Motel 6 on Riverside Street last week.

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