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Valrico woman found dead inside Brandon storage unit

BRANDON — A Valrico woman reported missing by her husband Saturday was found dead and hidden in a Brandon storage unit, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Terrie Rena Scott, 47, drove to Public Storage at 1007 E Brandon Blvd. about 2:45 p.m. Saturday to pick up things from a friend's unit there, her husband, Damon Scott, told deputies.

Damon Scott, 38, arrived at the business about 15 minutes later. He and a manager could not find his wife, though the van she had driven was still running outside the open unit.

Damon Scott surveyed the 3- by 5-foot unit and asked others nearby if they had seen her. Her body, tucked underneath things inside the unit, was found by a deputy's search dog. She had suffered trauma to the upper body; a sheriff's spokeswoman gave no further details.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Terrie Scott, who lived at 3802 Robinson Road in Valrico.

On Sunday, detectives said they were interviewing Terrie Scott's friends and family. Employees at Public Storage, which has a fence and a keypad-controlled security gate, declined to comment. A man at the Scott home also declined to talk to a reporter or to identify himself.

Times staff writer Richard Danielson contributed to this report. Drew Harwell can be reached at or (727) 445-4170.

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