What began as a suspicious death investigation in Gainesville is now determined to be a murder. Authorities said a suspect is in custody and awaiting extradition from the Orlando area back to Alachua County.
Darryl Dewayne Scott, 40, was arrested earlier this week. Police said he is responsible for the murder of his adoptive mother, Roxie E. Scott-Kotb, whose body was found at Bivens Cove Apartments, 3301 SW 13th St. An autopsy has revealed that she died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the head. Scott-Kotb would have celebrated her 64th birthday on Tuesday.
An investigation launched earlier this month revealed that her car, a 2007 black Mercury Milan, was missing, as was her purse, which contained credit cards and identification. After contacting other family members, it was believed that Scott-Kotb's adopted son was responsible for the theft of the vehicle, and possibly the death of Scott-Kotb, police say.
The stolen car was located and stopped by GPD on January 14, 2013 just after midnight. Investigators said that the occupants identified that Scott allowed them to use the car in exchange for crack cocaine.
Several days later, Scott was pulled over in Orange County, driving a car that police said was stolen from Gator City Motors, where Scott worked. Investigators think Scott first stole the woman's car, traded it for drugs, and then stole another car to get out of town.
Detectives still do not know when Scott-Kotb was killed but said she was dead in her apartment for days.
Scott-Kotb served in Korea and was still pretty active in veteran's affairs. She has one other son and is originally from Orange County .