Medical examiner: Florida woman was stabbed, suffocated

By: Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - More details have emerged about the death of a 56-year-old Florida woman who vanished from her boss’ Winter Park home in September.

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A medical examiner said Jennifer Lynn Fulford, of Altamonte Springs, was stabbed and suffocated 20 miles from where she was abducted, but a motive remains unclear.

Scott Edward Nelson was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping with a weapon, burglary and carjacking, police said.

Three days after Fulford disappeared, her body was found by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office helicopter in a wooded area.

According to documents, her hands and feet were bound and her face duct-taped.

Fulford, who worked for a family in Winter Park, was reported missing Sept. 27 after her boss received a call that she did not pick up his son from school.

Her purse was found on the floor of the Winter Park home, but her keys, wallet, and cellphone were gone.

That same day, police released surveillance photos of Nelson at a Winter Park Wells Fargo ATM.

Records show he bought an Amtrak train ticket out of town 20 minutes later.

Fulford’s car was found at a Publix parking lot the day after she disappeared, police said.

A comforter was found in her backseat, and detectives believe her body was wrapped in it at some point.

A white towel and a T-shirt with blood on it were also found in the vehicle, both of which belonged to Nelson, police said.

Police don’t believe Fulford and Nelson had met before she was killed.

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