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Autopsy performed on woman found in Brandon storage unit

VALRICO — An autopsy on the 47-year-old woman found dead in a Brandon storage unit Saturday was performed Monday, but toxicology tests are still pending, said Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Details about the manner of death were not released, but the case has been ruled a homicide.

Terrie Scott's husband, Damon, reported his wife missing Saturday after he went to find her at Public Storage, 1007 E Brandon Blvd., where she had gone to pick up some things from a friend's unit about 2:45 p.m. The van she was driving was found running outside the open 3- by 5-foot unit.

Damon Scott, 38, and a storage manager couldn't find Terrie Scott. The husband called the Sheriff's Office about 3 p.m.

A deputy's search dog found her body hidden beneath things in the unit, deputies said. Deputies would say only that Mrs. Scott suffered trauma to the upper body.

Carter said Monday morning that the Sheriff's Office has no more information to release.

Mrs. Scott was a former employee of the State Attorney's Office, Carter said. She posted a message on her Facebook account April 24 asking for help finding a job. "At this point I just need to work," she wrote. "Thanks, T."

Pam Bondi, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office, said Mrs. Scott had been a legal secretary at the prosecutor's office for more than 20 years, and had not been there since October 2005. She was terminated for violating office policy, Bondi said.

Staff writer Colleen Jenkins contributed to this report.

Autopsy performed on woman found in Brandon storage unit 06/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:03am]
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